Scozzari, Wiggins and Varano, Amole Co-Medal at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier
Pictured (L-R): Todd Wiggins, Matt Scozzari, Sam Varano, Zack Amole
SHORT HILLS, N.J. – The pair of teams in Matthew Scozzari and Todd Wiggins and Sam Varano and Zack Amole earned medalist honors at the 2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship qualifier, firing a pair of eight-under par 64s at Canoe Brook Country Club on Monday afternoon. Kevin Grady and Andrew Sovero earned the final qualifying spot by way of a three-way playoff. The pair shot a seven-under par 65, followed by a birdie at the first playoff hole to clinch a spot at the prestigious event, which will be held at the Country Club of Birmingham from May 14-18, 2022.
The New Jersey tandem of Scozzari and Wiggins carded a three-under par 33 on the front nine, before turning in an impressive five-under par 31 on the back nine. Scozzari compiled a stretch of five bridies, while Wiggins contributed three birdies.
“This was a big goal we set out a few months ago, so we feel really good right now,” expressed Wiggins. “We were sweating it out for a little bit, but it was a good day and we pulled it off. We’re excited.”
The Pennsylvania duo of Varano, 40 and Amole, 38 will be making their first trip to the USGA tournament after attempting to qualify for several years as a team. The pair started off steady amassing seven birdies on the back nine. They had a pair of blemishes on the scorecard, coming at No. 3 and No. 14.
“It’s awesome to play with him (Sam),” said Amole. “We played great and basically ham and egged it all day.”
“We’ve been playing golf together since we were 12, so it’s nice to qualify with your best friend,” explained Varano.
Finishing the round at seven-under par 65, the teams of Kevin Grady and Andrew Sovero, Michael Eglit and Blake Mastalir, and Peter Barron III and Michael Brown battled it out in a playoff for the final qualifying spot. After Sovero and Grady came out on top, it took Barron and Brown three more playoff holes through near darkness to grab the first alternate spot, while Eglit and Mastalir took the second alternate spot.