On To Match Play

Former CGA Amateur champ Drew Stoltz and partner Drew Kittleson place 7th in stroke-play portion of U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

By Gary Baines – 5/15/2022

Drew Stoltz, who grew up in Fort Collins and won the 2004 CGA Amateur and the 2001 5A boys state high school title, teamed with fellow Scottsdale resident Drew Kittleson to finish seventh in the stroke-play portion of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball on Sunday in Birmingham, Ala.

That was easily good enough to advance to the match play portion of the championship, with 32 teams squaring off starting Monday.

None of the four teams comprised of Colorado residents made match play. The closest any came were 2020 CGA Four-Ball champs Charlie Soule and Charlie Sahlman of Denver, who placed 44th. Soule and Sahlman were inside the cut line before making best-ball bogeys on their final two holes of round 2.

Stoltz and Kittleson backed up their best-ball score of 7-under 63 on Saturday with a 4-under 67 on Sunday that included six birdies and two bogeys.

Stoltz and Kittleson ended up two strokes behind the three team co-medalists.

Here are the scores for all the teams with significant Colorado ties:

7. Former Coloradan Drew Stoltz/Drew Kittleson 63-67—130

Failed to Advance to Match Play

44. Charlie Soule/Charlie Sahlman, Denver 65-70–135

63. Chris Thayer, Golden/Bryan Rusin, Denver 69-68–137

81. Ryan Burke, Longmont/Tyler Bishop, Frederick 68-71–139

127. Stephen Reed, Lakewood/Michael Urbatchka, Louisville 79-77—156

For all the scores, CLICK HERE.

About the Writer: Gary Baines has covered golf in Colorado continuously since 1983. He was a sports writer at the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, then the sports editor there, and has written regularly for ColoradoGolf.org since 2009. He was voted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2021. Email: ColoradoGolfJournal@mac.com)