Fast Off the Mark

Coloradans Kephart/Lucas in top 10 after opening with 65 in U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

By Gary Baines – 05/25/2019

Alex Kephart and Kurtis Lucas of Colorado Springs, competing in their second U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship together, shot a bogey-free 6-under-par 65 in Saturday’s opening round of this year’s championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon, leaving them in a tie for eighth place.

Kephart and Lucas’ 65 came at the Old Macdonald course. After the first of two rounds of stroke play, they trail three co-leading teams by two strokes. The Coloradans had six birdies sprinkled over their card.

Kephart and Lucas (pictured with Kephart at left) failed to make match play when they competed in this event in 2017. Kephart also played in the national Four-Ball with another partner in 2015.

As for the other Colorado teams vying in the national Four-Ball this year, none are in the top 60 in the 128-team field. Kyle Danford and David Johnson, both from the Fort Collins area, fired a 1-under-par 70, while Denver’s Wilson Belk and Greg Carlin posted a 2-over 73 — both at Old Macdonald. All the Coloradans will play Pacific Dunes on Sunday.

The stroke-play portion of the event will conclude on Sunday, with the top 32 teams advancing to match play, which starts on Monday at the Old Macdonald course.

Here are the scores of all the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball competitors with strong Colorado ties:

8. Alex Kephart/Kurtis Lucas, Colorado Springs 65

61. Kyle Danford/David Johnson, Fort Collins 70

78. Former DU golfer Danny Wax/Daniel Licursi 71

102. Wilson Belk/Greg Carlin, Denver 73

For complete results from the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, CLICK HERE.