RI’s Virtue & NY’s Bourdon Claim 1st Alternate Spot for U.S. Four-Ball
South Kingstown’s Matt Virtue and New York’s Peter Bourdon claimed first alternate honors for the U.S. Four-Ball on Tuesday at Newport National.
Bourdon and Virtue posted a best-ball score of six-under par (66) to get into a three-for-one playoff.
The playoff went five holes before a winner was decided.
The teams of Sam Jenkins and Kevin Gately, and John Pitt and Whitten Meares qualified for the U.S. Four-Ball.
The 2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be held from May 22-26 at Chambers Bay.
Virtue and Bourdon’s Round
After surviving the first four holes with pars, Virtue made three straight birdies from holes 5-7, and then dropped an eagle putt on the par-5 eighth hole to lift the team into contention.
The pair posted a best-ball score of 31 on the front nine.
Making the turn, Virtue and Bourdon alternated between who was playing each hole.
Virtue was in his pocket on ten, Bourdon made par.
Bourdon was in his pocket on 11 and 12, Virtue saved pars on both holes.
They both birdied the 14th hole, Bourdon birdied the 15th hole and Virtue birdied the 16th hole to get the team to seven-under for the day.
The duo made a bogey on 17 and closed with a par on 18 to get into a playoff.