Kannegieser Qualifies for U.S. Four-Ball
PITTSFIELD, MA – It’s been quite the summer on the golf course for Will Kannegieser, and it just got a little better for the 23-year old from Minot. Playing alongside his Williams College teammate on Tuesday at Berkshire Hills CC, not far from their alma mater just up the road, the duo grabbed one of two available spots in the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship via a playoff.
At the end of the 18-hole qualifier, Kannegieser and Sam Goldenring were tied at -6 with two other teams, forcing a three-way playoff. They got there by shooting three-under on each side for a 66, including birdies from Kannegieser on 7, 9, 15 and 18. They were then one of two teams to birdie the 18th hole in the playoff, and booked their ticket to next year’s Four-Ball at Chambers Bay, host site of the 2015 U.S. Open.
Just last year, Kannegieser and Goldenring lost in a playoff in the same qualifier. Though they were alternates, months later the two got the call that they were in the field. This year’s tournament was then cancelled by the USGA due to the coronavirus, making it that much sweeter to earn a spot outright in the field this time around.
As part of his great season already, this is the second time that Kannegieser has thrived in the four-ball format this summer. In August he teamed up with Drew Powell to win the Maine Four-Ball Championship at Bangor Municipal by four strokes with a score of -19. Kannegieser also won the Maine Match Play Invitational this summer for the second straight year.
The U.S. Four Ball Championship will take place on May 22-26 in Chambers Bay, WA.