Meet the Semifinalists May 30, 2017 | Village of Pinehurst, N.C. By Vanessa Zink, USGA

Garrett Rank (left) and Patrick Christovich are in the semifinals for a second consecutive year. (USGA/Chris Keane)

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Clark Collier, 27, of Dallas Texas

  • Born July 11, 1989 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Playing in his first USGA championship
  • During qualifying for the championship in Glen Ellyn, Ill., he and his partner Kyle Hudelson won a playoff for the first alternate spot
  • Hit by a car while riding his bike a few weeks after playing in the four-ball qualifier, he broke his clavicle in three places, requiring a plate and approximately eight pins in his shoulder
  • Played for Oklahoma City University where he was a four-time NAIA All-American
  • He and Kyle have a tradition of listening to “Lose Yourself” by Eminem on their way to golf tournaments, something they’ve done since they were teenagers
  • Works as a geologist for an oil and gas company in Texas

Kyle Hudelson, 29, of Oklahoma City, Okla.

  • Born Dec. 17, 1987
  • Playing in his first USGA championship
  • On May 17 (10 days before the start of the championship), he and his partner, Clark Collier, replaced the exempt team of Cole Hammer and 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Philip Barbaree who withdrew
  • Played for Oklahoma Christian University
  • Enjoys playing the piano and beach volleyball
  • Works as a property and casualty insurance producer
  • Although from Oklahoma, currently resides in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Patrick Christovich, 38, of New Orleans, La.

  • Born July 18, 1978
  • No. 600 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Competing in his 13th USGA championship
  • Semifinalist with partner Garrett Rank in the 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
  • Quarterfinalist in the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur
  • Advanced to 2016 U.S. Open sectional qualifying
  • 2012 Louisiana Amateur champion and runner-up in 2013
  • Won three consecutive Louisiana Mid-Amateurs (2010-12)
  • Reinstated amateur as of 2008
  • Attended Mississippi State University where he was in the Professional Golf Management program, but did not play on the golf team
  • He and his wife, Patricia, have two sons, David and Jackson
  • Works as a real estate agent

Garrett Rank, 29, of Canada

  • Born Sept. 5, 1987 in Kitchener, Ontario
  • No. 104 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Competing in his 13th USGA championship
  • Runner-up in the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur and reached match play in three consecutive U.S. Amateurs (2013-16)
  • Three-time Canadian Mid-Amateur champion (2014, 2015 and 2016)
  • Represented Canada in the 2016 World Amateur Team Championship
  • Played for the University of Waterloo in Ontario where he majored in economics
  • Completed first full season as a full-time National Hockey League referee, officiating 75 games this past season

Chip Brooke, 41, Bartow, Fla.

  • Born Sept. 20, 1975 in Miami, Fla.
  • No. 3,635 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • He and partner Marc Dull are the highest remaining seed (No. 3) in the championship
  • 2016 Florida State Golf Association Mid-Amateur champion
  • Father of two daughters, Addison and Peyton
  • Works in sales and account management at a lumber company in Florida
  • Former caddie at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., and Streamsong (Fla.) Resort, where he was instrumental in developing the caddie program

Marc Dull, 31, Winter Haven, Fla.

  • Born April 28, 1986 in Conyers, Ga.
  • No. 2,082 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Competing in his sixth USGA championship
  • 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up
  • Works as a caddie at Streamsong (Fla.) Resort
  • Great-grandson of two-time U.S. Senior Amateur champion Dexter Daniels
  • Earned amateur reinstatement in 2013
  • Has a son named Cooper
  • Enjoys saltwater fishing
  • Attended Florida Southern College

Frankie Capan, 17, of North Oaks, Minn.

  • Born Nov. 9, 1999 in Saint Paul, Minn.
  • No. 853 in World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Playing in his fourth USGA championship, first was the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur where he made it to the Round of 64
  • Caddied for his partner, Shuai Ming (Ben) Wong, in the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur
  • He and Wong made it to the Round of 16 in the 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
  • Set a tournament scoring record in winning the American Junior Golf Association’s 2016 Puerto Rico Junior Open, which earned him a spot in the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open where he missed the cut by one stroke
  • Advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur, where he took eventual champion Min Woo Lee to 19 holes
  • Plans to play for the University of Alabama, beginning in the fall of 2018

Shuai Ming (Ben) Wong, 17, of Hong Kong China

  • Born Nov. 11, 1999 in Hong Kong China
  • Currently resides in The Woodlands, Texas
  • No. 1,201 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking
  • Claimed one of eight spots in the May 11 U.S. Open local qualifier in Houston, Texas, to qualify for the sectional in Dallas on June 5
  • Competing in his sixth USGA championship
  • He and Capan made it to the Round of 16 in the 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball where they were defeated by Southern Methodist University head coach Jason Enloe and Alex Buecking … roughly one month later, he verbally committed to attend SMU in the fall of 2018
  • Won the 2015 Shell Houston Open Junior where he established the 54-hole scoring mark (205) and was 12 strokes ahead of his nearest competitor
  • In 2016, he played in the U.S. Amateur (missed the cut) and the U.S. Junior Amateur (Round of 32)


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