Scarborough’s Cameron Young, along with his Irishman partner and Wake Forest teammate, Paul McBride, bowed out in the round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, which got under way this week at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck. The pair went down 2 and 1, losing to Patrick Christovich and Garrett Rank. Young and McBride took the lead in the round with a timely eagle by Young on the driveable 303-yard 10th hole, but lost it on the 13th and ran out of holes before they could recapture it.
In four-ball, matches are played by teams of two players known as “sides,” with each golfer playing his or her own ball on each hole. At the end of the hole, the player with the lowest score wins that hole for the side. The team that wins the most holes wins the match. It’s one of the most popular formats of play nationwide.
Young was the only local golfer to make it past the medal-play rounds contested this past weekend on the East and West courses. Sam Bernstein (playing out of Purchase’s Century Country Club) and his partner Greg Shuman, both of New York, failed to make the cut, as did Luke Feehan (Mahopac Golf Club, and a member of the Metropolitan Golf Association’s 2015 Carey Cup team) of Carmel and partner Max Christiana (Westchester Country Club) of White Plains, who won the famed Anderson Memorial at Winged Foot in 2013. Also stepping aside after the medal rounds were Zachary Plutzik of Quaker Ridge Golf Club and his teammate (and former Yale partner) Ben Wescoe.
This event marks the 12th USGA championship held at Winged Foot. Most well-known are the five U.S. Opens, but others include two U.S. Amateurs, two U.S. Women’s Opens, the Walker Cup, and the U.S. Senior Open. The club also hosted the 1997 PGA Championship and the centennial edition of the Met Open, played last year, at which Cameron Young placed fifth.
The semifinal and championship rounds are scheduled for Wednesday at Winged Foot. The public is welcome and admission is free. You can also follow the action on FS1 from 3 to 5:30 pm.