Two Aggie sides to play U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

From left to right, Jesse Bratz, Ben Corfee and Nicolas Noya will compete at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Pinehurst. Bratz and Noya are paired with each other, while Corfee will team with another Aggie great – 1987 All-American and his father, Dan.
(Head shots by Todd Hammond, course photo from Pinehurst.com)
May 19, 2017

DAVIS, Calif. - The United States Golf Association announced the tee times for stroke-play portion of the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, held at Courses No. 2 and 8 of Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in North Carolina. Three current UC Davis players – junior Jesse Bratz, senior Nicolas Noya, and senior Ben Corfee – will compete among the 128 pairs.


The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball features two rounds of stroke play on Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28. The top 32 pairs will then compete in five rounds of match play from May 29-31, culminating with an 18-hole championship on that Wednesday.


Corfee, a three-time All-Big West Conference performer from El Macero, will pair up with his father, Dan, a 1987 All-American for the Aggies. The Corfees are one of three father-son sides in this year’s tournament, along with Mike and Michael Riley of Florida; and Philip and James Pleat of New Hampshire. Team Corfee will group with Brandon Mader (Greenville, N.C.) and Michael Souliotis (Acton, Mass.) at 6:36 a.m. PDT on Saturday, then 1 p.m. on Sunday.


Bratz, originally from Colleyville, Texas; and Noya, a native of South San Francisco; will tee off at 9:12 a.m. PDT in the first round, then 5:48 a.m. PDT for the second set of 18 holes. The Bratz-Noya side is grouped with Tyler Crawford (Indio, Calif.) and Bryson Groat (Newport Beach).


Both Aggie teams will open on the 7,161-yard, par-70 Course 8, then play the second round on the 7,073-yard, par-71 Course No. 2. Pinehurst No. 2 is perhaps best known as the site of the 1936 PGA Championship, the 1951 Ryder Cup, the 1991 and 1992 Tour Championships, and the 1999 U.S. Open. It also hosted the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, in which current Aggie senior Paige Lee played. 


Bratz and Noya qualified for the Four-Ball by winning a qualifying tourney at the Reno, Nevada-based Somersett Country Club in October. The Corfees earned their ticket closer to home, finishing second at a November qualifier at Serrana Country Club in El Dorado Hills.


For more coverage on the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, visit the USGA website at www.usga.org/championships/2017/u-s--amateur-four-ball.html.