Sides qualify for U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and Women's Amateur Four-Ball

University Place, Wash. – The sides of Britten Barker (Gig Harbor, Wash.) and Luke Easterly (Sammamish, Wash.) and John D’Amelio (Bothell, Wash.) and Tyler Matthews (Bellevue, Wash.) each teamed for a 7-under 64 to earn co-medalist honors; while Emersyn Walker (DuPont, Wash.) and Anastacia Johnson (Tacoma, Wash.) combined for a 4-over 76 to earn medalist honors in sectional qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball championships, respectively.

John D'Amelio (left) and Tyler Matthews
John D’Amelio (left) and Tyler Matthews

The Men’s and Women’s sectional qualifiers were held concurrently today at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

The sides of Barker and Easterly and D’Amelio and Matthews both advanced after a playoff as three teams were tied at 7-under after 18-holes. In the Women’s qualifier, the side of Walker and Johnson is the only team advancing.

These two Men’s teams will now go on to compete in the 2020 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, to be held May 23-27 at Philadelphia (Pa.) Cricket Club. The side of Emersyn Walker and Anastacia Johnson will now compete in the 2020 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, to be held April 25-29 at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Fla.

Matthews is a past champion of the Washington State Men’s Best-Ball championship having won in 2014 and 2015 with playing partner Matthew Steele.

Both players advancing to the women’s championship are in high school. Walker is a sophomore at Charles Wright Academy who won the WIAA 1A/2B/1B High School individual title last season. Johnson is a junior at Stadium High School who finished T7 in the WIAA 3A State Tournament last season.

Emersyn Walker (left) and Anastacia Johnson
Emersyn Walker (left) and Anastacia Johnson

The Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) is the local representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and conducted these qualifiers for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and Women’s Amateur Four-Ball championships.

Click here for final hole-by-hole scoring of the Men’s qualifier; and here for the Women’s final scoring.

The U.S. Amateur and Women’s Amateur Four-Balls are two of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Founded in 1922, the WSGA is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving nearly 70,000 individual members at more than 650 member golf clubs and 270 golf courses throughout the state of Washington and Northern Idaho, the WSGA works to continually expand the game of golf to people of all backgrounds.

The WSGA also serves as a statewide representative of the USGA and works closely with a number of allied associations within the golf industry for the betterment of the game.