Gene Elliott, 57, of West Des Moines, Iowa, & Mike McCoy, 56, of Norwalk, Iowa
Elliott and McCoy advanced to match play in the 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. Elliott, who is playing in his 32nd USGA championship, reached the Round of 16 in last year’s U.S. Senior Amateur and was the medalist in the 1999 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach. Elliott, who had open-heart surgery in 2000, owns a sanitation and street equipment company. McCoy is competing in his 58th USGA championship. He won the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur at age 50, the second-oldest champion, and was low amateur in the 2014 and 2015 U.S. Senior Opens. McCoy, who was a member of the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team, and Elliott are members of the Iowa Golf Association Hall of Fame.
Ben Garrett, 36, of Seattle, Wash., & Erik Hanson, 54, of Kirkland, Wash.
Hanson, who was a Major League Baseball pitcher for four teams, including the Seattle Mariners, and Garrett played in the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. Hanson is competing in his 13th USGA championship and has reached match play in three of the four U.S. Mid-Amateurs he has played. Garrett, a commercial real estate broker, is a board member of The First Tee of Greater Seattle. He is playing in his third USGA championship. Garrett has made eight trips to Bandon Dunes and played 46 rounds since 2012.
Ted Gray, 33, of Phoenix, Ariz., & Travis Milleman, 28, of Portland, Ore.
Milleman, who works as an equipment engineer for an aircraft manufacturer, and Gray, who is a project manager for a golf manufacturing company, are competing in their second U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. They advanced to the Round of 16 in 2016 at Winged Foot Golf Club. Milleman, who was a walk-on at Oregon State University and attended McMinnville High, qualified for last year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur and won the 2017 Arizona Mid-Amateur. Gray played at Marquette University and claimed the 2008 Big East Conference Championship.
Tyler Gulliksen, 32, of Daytona Beach, Fla., & Jack Townsend, 16, of San Diego, Calif.
Gulliksen, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was a member of the golf team, is a Navy explosive ordnance disposal officer. Gulliksen, who earned his master’s degree from the University of San Diego, played in the 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and is coached by 2005 USA Walker Cup Team member Chris Riley. Townsend, a high school junior, won the San Diego Junior Golf Association’s Sean O’Hair Heritage on March 2 and tied for 19th in last year’s Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship.
Dustin Hall, 34, of Sparks, Nev., & Jonas Mikals, 44, of Truckee, Calif.
Hall, who is one of 15 players in the field who advanced from this year’s U.S. Open local qualifying to sectionals, played at the University of Nevada from 2004-07. He won the 2007 Nevada State Amateur and is a former high school basketball coach. Mikals, a real estate agent in the Martis Camp area, once played mini tours, including the Golden Bear Tour. He has competed in two U.S. Mid-Amateurs and reached match play in 2014.
Brendan Hansen, 19, of Spring Lake, N.J., & Jack Wall, 18, of Brielle, N.J.
Hansen, who will attend Rutgers University in 2019-20, and Wall, who will play at the University of South Carolina in the fall, are competing in their second USGA championship. Hansen and Wall, who led Christian Brothers Academy to the 2017 and 2018 N.J. Tournament of Champions titles, each competed in the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur. Hansen, a three-time all-state selection, advanced to the semifinals of last year’s Met Junior. Wall, the 2018 NJ.com Golfer of the Year, won the state individual championship. He finished second in both the New Jersey Amateur (lost in a playoff) and Met Open (10-under 206). His brothers, Ethan and Jeremy, are competing as a team in this year’s Amateur Four-Ball.
Doug Hanzel, 62, of Savannah, Ga. & Bob Royak, 57, of Alpharetta, Ga.
Hanzel and Royak, the oldest team in the championship, also played in the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four Ball. Hanzel, who is competing in his 35th USGA championship, won the 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur and is a two-time low amateur in the U.S. Senior Open. A retired physician, he is the only player in USGA championship history to make match play in the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur and U.S. Senior Amateur in the same year (2012). Royak, who owns a technology company, has reached match play in three consecutive U.S. Senior Amateurs (2016-18). He and his wife, Patricia, support a local group in finding families for Russian orphans.
Trevor Harding, 29, of Portland, Ore., & Robbie Ziegler, 28, of Portland, Ore.
Ziegler, a golf manufacturer representative, and Harding, who works in insurance sales, are playing as a team in their first U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. Ziegler, who has competed in three U.S. Amateurs and reached match play in 2015 at Olympia Fields, defeated Spencer Tibbits, 2 and 1, to win last year’s Oregon Amateur. An all-state selection at Canby High, he earned four varsity letters as a member of the University of Oregon team. Harding reached the Round of 16 in the 2017 and 2018 Oregon Amateurs and won a pair of Oregon Four-Balls with partner Brent McKee (2016, 2017).
Scott Harvey, 40, of Kernersville, N.C., & Todd Mitchell, 40, of Bloomington, Ill.
Harvey and Mitchell are one of two sides to compete in all five U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championships, joining 2015 champions Nathan Smith and Todd White. The duo advanced to the semifinals in 2015 and quarterfinals in 2017. Harvey was a member of the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team and won the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Harvey, who is a property manager, is playing in his 30th USGA championship. Mitchell, who was the 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up to Steve Wilson, is competing in his 29th USGA event. Mitchell, who did not play college golf, was a shortstop at Illinois State and was chosen in the 14th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees.
Matt Hendrix, 38, of Greenville, S.C., & Michael Sims, 38, of Lexington, S.C.
Hendrix and Sims, who helped Clemson University capture the 2003 NCAA championship, are competing in their second U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. Hendrix, who is an insurance agent, was a member of the 2003 USA Walker Cup Team. He is competing in his fifth USGA championship. A reinstated amateur, he played professionally on several tours, including the PGA Tour in 2007. Sims, who owns a watch company, is playing in his sixth USGA championship, including his third Amateur Four-Ball.
Chuck Isgar, 21, of Los Angeles, Calif., & Drew Powell, 20, of Bangor, Maine
Isgar and Powell, who were teammates at Brown University in 2017-18, secured their spot by winning a playoff in the rain-delayed Lincoln, R.I., sectional qualifier. Isgar, a junior who attended classes around competing in qualifying, rolled in a downhill 30-foot birdie putt to secure his team’s spot in their first USGA championship. He has developed and launched an online platform (BrainChain) for students to find and form group study sessions. Powell, who transferred to Duke University, finished fourth in last year’s Maine State Amateur and won the Maine Class A state high school championship in 2014.
Brodie Jordan, 40, of Sherwood, Ore., & Austin Spicer, 24, of Portland, Ore.
Spicer, who attended Gresham High, was a four-time state championship qualifier and went on to earn All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors at Division II Saint Martin’s University. Spicer, who is a project manager for a decorative finishing products company, reached match play with partner Corey Eddings in the 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. Jordan, an All-Big Sky Conference selection at Portland State University, attended Sherwood-Tualatin South High. He works in sales for a paper and packaging company.
Jimin Jung, 17, of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., & Jud Langille, 17, of Ossining, N.Y.
Langille defeated Jung in 20 holes to win the 2017 Metropolitan Golf Association Boys Championship at Glen Ridge Country Club. Langille, a junior at Ossining High, qualified for the 2018 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach Golf Links. He finished 11th in last year’s New York State Junior Boys Amateur and was the Westchester Golf Association player of the year. Jung, a junior at Hackley School, was a first-team Westchester/Putnam selection. He was the New York State Association of Independent Schools runner-up.
Patrick Knott, 33, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., & Chris Rockwell, 31, of Baltimore, Md.
Knott and Rockwell, who competed against each other as junior golfers, are playing in their first U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. After suffering a wrist injury at Wofford College, Knott was told by doctors he would never play golf again. Knott, who has competed in two U.S. Mid-Amateurs (2012, 2018), works for a financial institution. Rockwell, who was a member of the Vanderbilt University team, is playing in his fourth USGA championship. He advanced to match play in the 2007 U.S. Amateur.
Jeff Koprivetz, 32, of San Diego, Calif., & Pete Williams, 37, of San Diego, Calif.
Koprivetz, who advanced to match play in last year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur, and Williams, who has played in two U.S. Mid-Amateurs (2015, 2016), qualified for their first U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. Koprivetz, who played at the University of Denver from 2005-09, works in sales for a health insurance company. Williams, who played at the University of Idaho, caddied for his brother, Chris, in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional. Chris won the 2012 Mark H. McCormack Medal as the top-ranked male amateur golfer in the world.
Jackson Lake, 18, of Clovis, Calif., & Aidan Tran, 15, of Fresno, Calif.
Lake, who will attend Oregon State University in 2019-20, and Tran, the youngest player in the field, are competing in their first USGA championship. Lake, a senior at Clovis High, was the 2018 Tri-River Athletic Conference MVP and earned all-conference honors three times. Tran, a freshman at Clovis North High who is planning to attend Georgia Tech in 2022, tied for the third in the 2017 U.S. Kids Teen Worlds (age 13 division) with a 5-under 211 at Pinehurst No. 5. Tran, who tied for eighth in last year’s IMG Junior Worlds, shot a course record 9-under 63 at Riverside Golf Course, in Fresno, last September.
Daniel Licursi, 39, of Chandler, Ariz., & Danny Wax, 32, of Marina Del Rey, Calif.
Licursi and Wax are a pair of reinstated amateurs who played professionally for a brief period on the Web.com Tour. Licursi works in corporate development for a medical equipment supplier. Wax, who competed in the 2008 U.S. Amateur and played at the University of Denver, is the CEO of a company that develops a platform for people to connect and use golf as a business tool.
Andrew Medley, 39, of Scottsdale, Ariz., & Taylor Wood, 35, of Coto de Caza, Calif.
Medley, a managing director for a commercial real estate firm, is playing in his third USGA championship. He advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur and reached match play in the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. He played as a collegian at Mississippi and Arizona. Wood, a senior managing director for a commercial real estate firm, is competing in his seventh USGA championship, including the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. He has reached match play in two Amateur Four-Balls (2015, 2017).
Butler Melnyk, 36, of Saint Simons Island, Ga., & Richard Scott, 35, of Saint Simons Island, Ga.
Melnyk and Scott, who were teammates at the University of Georgia, are competing in U.S. Amateur Four-Ball for the first time. Melnyk, who works for a sports management company, played in the 2014 U.S. Amateur. His father, Steve, won the 1969 U.S. Amateur and was a longtime network television golf analyst. Scott, the 2001 U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up, is a hotel sales director. He helped Georgia win the 2005 NCAA Championship and is a three-time Canadian Men’s Amateur champion.
David Morgan, 38, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., & Justin Smith, 36, of St. Paul, Minn.
Morgan and Smith were teammates on the University of Minnesota’s 2002 NCAA Championship team. Morgan, a vice president for an investment and brokerage firm, played in two U.S. Junior Amateurs (1995, 1996). Smith, an associate golf coach at his alma mater, tied for fourth in the 2002 NCAAs and was a three-time All-American. He is competing in his eighth USGA championship, which includes four consecutive U.S. Amateurs from 2001-04.
Clark Rustand, 39, of Tucson, Ariz., & Eric Rustand, 50, of Tucson, Ariz.
The Rustand brothers are competing in their third U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, having also qualified in 2015 and 2018. Eric, who played in two U.S. Mid-Amateurs, works as an insurance consultant. An All-American at Brigham Young University, he was reinstated as an amateur after competing on the PGA, Nike and Buy.com tours. Clark, who works in the home inspection field, won the 2004 Utah State Amateur. Their father, Warren, served as a White House fellow in the Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford U.S. presidencies.