The Higton brothers ran out of comebacks Tuesday at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
Jason and Ryan Higton of Fresno rallied three times at the Olympic Club in San Francisco to win their Round of 16 match, but the golfers from Fresno couldn’t come up with another comeback in their quarterfinal at the inaugural USGA national championship event.
The Higtons bowed out to 2013 U.S. Walker Cup teammates Todd White and Nathan Smith, who won the quarterfinal match 3 and 2.
White and Smith earlier Tuesday in the Round of 16 also eliminated former Clovis East star Bryson DeChambeau and his co-captain on the SMU team, Austin Smotherman, 2 and 1.
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The Higtons trailed three times in their Round of 16 match against Kyle Suppa and Kyosuke Hara, with the teens from Hawaii going ahead 1 up after the first, fourth and 13th holes. But the Higtons answered on the following hole each time to square the match — then bolted to a 2-up victory by making birdies on three of the final four holes, all par-5s.
The brothers, however, ran out of birdies in their quarterfinal match. They played White and Smith square for eight holes before falling behind when White/Smith made birdies on the par-3 8th hole and the par-3 13th along with a bogey by the Higtons on the par-5 10th.
The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball is one of 13 annual national championships conducted by the USGA. It replaces the U.S. Public Links Amateur on the USGA calendar of championships.
The five-day event started with 128 teams and two rounds of stroke play, with 64 advancing to the match play portion.
The semifinals and championship match are scheduled for Wednesday.