Ten Players from NYSGA to Compete in US Amateur

August 14, 2017

PALISADES, C.A. - Ten players from NYSGA clubs are set to compete at The Riviera Country Club as well as the co-host Bel-Air Country Club, on Monday and Tuesday for the stroke play qualifying rounds for the 2017 U.S. Amateur. 

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The sixty-four players that advance through the qualifying rounds will continue into match play, with all six rounds to be played at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. 

The players from NYSGA member clubs competing are:

Derek Bard of Cedar Lake Club

Kyle Brey of Bethpage State Park Golf Club

Mike Graboyes of Cornell University Golf Course

Arthur Griffin of Lake Placid Club

Gavin Hall of Oak Hill Country Club (2008 & 2009 NYS Boys’ Sub-Junior Champion)

Gerald Mackedon of Port Jefferson Country Club

James Nicholas of Deepdale Golf Club

Ben Reichert of River Oaks Golf Club (2015 NYS Boys’ Junior Champion)

Cameron Young of Sleepy Hollow Country Club

George Zahringer of Deepdale Golf Club (1984 NYS Men’s Am Champion)


Exempt Players

Derek Bard, who finished as the 2015 U.S. Amateur Runner-up to now-pro Bryson DeChambeau, is one of two exempt players from New York. The other exemption, was earned by recent University of Texas graduate Gavin Hall, who’s ranked among the top 50 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings at 37th. Bard is also in the top 50 and currently ranked 23rd in the world.



At the site of the 2016 & 2017 NYS Boys’ & Girls’ Junior Amateur Championships, Colgate University’s Seven Oaks Golf Club, Arthur Griffin grabbed the second of two spots with a 36-hole 143. The qualifier was held on July 10th. 

In Clifton, N.J., at the Upper Montclair Country Club qualifier, James Nicholas received the second of three spots with a two-round score of 146.

At the July 17th qualifier at Huntington Country Club, Gerald Mackedon blew away the field to earn medalist honors with a 36-hole total of 131. Tied for the two other qualifying spots were Kyle Brey and George Zahringer, each finishing at 140.

Also on the 17th at Brae Burn Country Club, Cameron Young was the medalist with 134. This will be Young’s fifth consecutive U.S. Amateur appearance.

Mike Graboyes was the second of who four qualified on July 24th at Stonewall Links in Elverson, Pa. with a two-round total of 139. 

At Mendon Golf Club on the 24th, Ben Reichert, was the second of two to advance, carding a 141. 

Opening Round Scores (Updated 8/15)

Art Griffin, Lake Placid Club -- (-4) 66

James Nicholas, Deepdale GC -- (-1) 69

Kyle Brey, Bethpage State Park GC -- (+1) 71

Derek Bard, Cedar Lake Club -- (+2) 72

Gavin Hall, Oak Hill CC -- (+2) 72

Ben Reichert, River Oaks GC -- (+4) 74

Michael Graboyes, Cornell Univ. GC -- (+4) 74

Cameron Young, Sleepy Hollow CC -- (+5) 75

George Zahringer, Deepdale GC -- (+5) 75

Gerald Mackedon, Port Jefferson CC -- (+6) 76


Schedule of Play 

Monday, Aug. 14 (Stroke Play, Round 1, 18 holes)
Tuesday, Aug. 15 (Stroke Play, Round 2, 18 holes)
Wednesday, Aug. 16 (Round of 64, match play)
Thursday, Aug. 17 (Round of 32/Round of 16, match play)
Friday, Aug. 18 (Quarterfinal matches)
Saturday, Aug. 19 (Semifinal matches)
Sunday, Aug. 20 (Championship Match, 36 holes)


The Venue

The Riviera Country Club has hosted both USGA and PGA events, beginning with the 1948 U.S. Open which was won by legendary golfer, Ben Hogan. In 1983 and 1995, the club hosted the PGA Championship, won by Steve Elkington and Hale Irwin, respectively. Most recently, in 2012, the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Championship was hosted at the California venue.

Bel-Air Country Club, in Los Angeles, Calif., this year's co-host of the tournamnet, held a U.S. Amateur in 1976 (won by Bill Sander) and a U.S. Senior Amateur in 2004 (won by Mark Bemowski).