Tilley, Wilson Find Chemistry in Last-Minute Partnership

By David Shefter, USGA

| May 22, 2023 | Kiawah Island, S.C.

Tilley, Wilson Find Chemistry in Last-Minute Partnership

A last-minute decision is paying dividends for U.S. Amateur Four-Ball partners Pat Wilson and Brad Tilley. When Wilson’s regular partner had to cancel just before entry deadline last August, he called Tilley, whose regular partner had moved from the Northeast to Florida and they couldn’t decide on a mutual qualifying date.

So, the two reinstated amateurs from New Jersey (Wilson) and Connecticut (Tilley) filed their entry virtually at the deadline, and now find themselves among the final 16 sides at Kiawah Island Club.

“When you get a chance to play with a partner like that, it’s a pretty easy ask,” said Tilley of Wilson, who qualified for the 2015 U.S. Open. Tilley played professionally from 2006-14, while Wilson gave the pro route five years.

Tilley has been a birdie machine at Cassique, totaling 16 over the 33 holes he’s played, including the 5-and-3 win over 2019 champions Todd Mitchell and Scot Harvey in the Round of 32 on Monday.