The UConn men’s golf program will be well-represented at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, set to take place on May 27-31 at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C.
A field of 128 two-man teams will be competing for the national title in the tournament, which includes both stroke and match play. The top two scorers on last season’s UConn team, Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.) and Jimmy Hervol (Hopkinton, Mass.), will combine to form one team, while last season’s UConn co-captain Tyler Cooke (Warwick, R.I.) and his brother-in-law, Bobby Leopold, will form another team.
Dietrich, also a UConn senior co-captain this past season, and Hervol are one of 27 sets of college teammates competing in the Four-Ball Championship this year. They qualified for the tourney at GreatHorse Country Club in Hampden, Mass., on Aug. 25, 2016.
Hervol, a rising junior at UConn, was the Huskies’ top scorer in 2016-17, averaging 72.1 strokes per round, with seven Top 10 and eight Top 20 finishes, including a win in the season-opening Doc Gimmler Invitational in Farmingdale, N.Y. He shot 16 rounds of par or better.
Dietrich was just behind Hervol in scoring, averaging 72.5 strokes per round, with six Top 10 and seven Top 20 finishes, including a first-place finish at the Lafayette Invitational in Hellertown, Pa. He shot 12 rounds of par or better. Both he and Hervol were All-American Conference selections at the end of the year. They will begin play on the Par 70 Pinehurst Course No. 2 on May 27 at 9 a.m.
Cooke had four Top 20 finishes for the Huskies this year, averaging 75.0 strokes per round. He shot par or better four times and twice had a season-best finish of 11th place. Leopold, who is married to Cooke’s sister, Taylor, is a two-time Rhode Island Amateur Champion (2009, 2014) and has played in four U.S. Amateur Championships, making it to the round of 16 in 2011 and 2012.
Cooke and Leopold qualified for the Four-Ball Championship at Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, Conn., on Sept. 12, 2016. They are no strangers to the four-ball format, having won the Rhode Island Golf Association Four-Ball Championship in each of the past two years. They will begin play in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball on the Par 71 Pinehurst Course No. 8 on May 27 at 10:24 a.m..
The 2017 tourney marks the third year of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, which took place at the Olympic Club in San Francisco in 2015 and at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., last year. The format consists of two rounds of stroke play on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28, with the top 32 teams advancing to match play on Monday, May 29. The surviving teams then move into the match-play Round of 16 and the quarterfinals on Tuesday, May 30, with the semifinals and championship matches scheduled for Tuesday, May 31.