U.S. APL: Meet The Quarterfinalists


By Michael Trostel, USGA
July 17, 2014

Jess Bonneau, 43, of Houston

Playing in his third USGA championship and first APL… Reinstated amateur as of 2010… 2011 Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play champion… Area manager for a food distribution company… Oldest quarterfinalist by more than two decades… T-46 (70-76) in stroke play qualifying… First round: Def. Thomas Lim, 1 up; Second round: Def. Ryan Tetrault, 2 and 1; Third round: Def. Joshua Baskins, 4 and 3

Bryson Dechambeau, 20, of Clovis, Calif.

Playing in his sixth USGA championship and second APL… Has made match play in all six USGA championships… All his irons, from 3-iron to lob wedge, are of equal length, approximately the length of a 7-iron… Junior at Southern Methodist University… Physics major… Named second-team All-America… Won the 2013 Trans-Mississippi Amateur… Represented the United States in the 2014 Palmer Cup… Semifinalist for 2014 Ben Hogan Award, given annually to the top player in college golf… Lettered in volleyball in high school… Wears a flat cap while playing golf… T-21 (72-70—142) in stroke play qualifying… First round: Def. Chase Johnson, 5 and 4; Second round: Def. Sam Horsfield, 3 and 2; Third round: Def. Tyler McDaniel, 3 and 2

Robert Geibel, 18, of Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Playing in his fourth USGA championship and first APL… Lost in first round of 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur to Doug Ghim, 2 and 1… Older brother Derek is caddying for him… Sophomore at the University of Louisville… Named American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in 2013-14… Finished 5th and earned low amateur honors in the 2013 Florida Open… T-10 (68-72—140) in stroke play qualifying… First round: Def. Andrew McCain, 2 up; Second round: Def. Michael Colgate, 1 up; Third round: Def. Cody McManus, 19 holes… Has gone to at least the 18th hole in each of his three matches

Michael Gellerman, 21, of Sterling, Kan.

Playing in his third USGA championship and second APL… Lives about an hour west of Newton... Estimates he has played Sand Creek Station more than 50 times… Senior at the University of Oklahoma… Won the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in April, the first individual title by  a Sooner in three years... Placed eighth in the Trans-Mississippi Amateur and the Monroe Invitational… Three-time Kansas high school champion for Sterling High School (2008, 2009, 2011)… Member of Sterling’s choir for more than a decade… T-38 (73-71—144) in stroke play qualifying… First round: Def. Trent Peterson, 5 and 4; Second round: Def. Patrick Beyhan, 4 and 3; Third round: Def. Jon Veneziano, 3 and 2… Has played just 45 holes through three rounds – the fewest of any quarterfinalist

Doug Ghim, 18, of Arlington Heights, Ill.

Playing in his third USGA championship and first APL… In the 11-for-7 playoff, caddied for friend Joshua Lee, who claimed the last spot with a chip-in… Lost in the semifinals of the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur to champion Scottie Scheffler… Will attend the University of Texas in the fall… Has not trailed at any point in his first three matches… Co-medalist (69-65—134) in stroke play qualifying… First round: Def. Ted Moon, 3 and 2; Second round: Def. Brandon Kida, 5 and 4; Third round: Def. Jordan Niebrugge, 23 holes… Win against Niebrugge was the longest APL match in six years

Rico Hoey, 18, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Playing in his second USGA championship and first APL… Qualified for match play in 2013 U.S. Amateur… Sophomore at the University of Southern California… Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and selected to All-West Region and All-Pac-12 first team… Represented the United States in the 2014 Palmer Cup… Co-medalist (70-64—134) in stroke play qualifying… First round: Def. Paul McClure, 4 and 2; Second round: Def. Scott Wolfes, 20 holes; Third round: Def. Matt Record, 3 and 2

Byron Meth, 21, of San Diego

Playing in his second USGA championship, both APLs… Qualified for match play in the 2012 APL... Senior at the University of the Pacific… Won the West Coast Conference Championships by seven strokes in April… Finished tied for sixth in the 2014 Sahalee Players Championship… Played in the 2011 Australian Open and Australian Masters by winning the 2010 Aaron Baddeley International… Co-medalist (67-67—134) in stroke play qualifying… Made just one bogey in 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying … First round: Def. Vinnie Murphy, 19 holes; Second round: Def. Eric Kline, 2 and 1; Third round: Def. Garrett Rank, 3 and 2

John Oda, 18, of Singapore

Playing in his third USGA championship and second APL… Reached match play in the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur and 2013 APL… Will attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas  in the fall… Lives in Honolulu… Two-time winner of Hawaii’s high school championship… Tied for sixth in the Sunnehanna Amateur… Won the 2012 and 2013 Hawaii State Amateur Championship, setting Pearl C.C.’s course record in 2013 by shooting 63… Played in the PGA Tour’s 2012 Sony Open… Enjoys playing the ukulele… T-10 (69-71– 140) in stroke play qualifying… First round: Def. Jacob Stockl, 4 and 3; Second round: Def. Chelso Barrett, 1 up; Third round: Def. Gavin Green, 2 and 1 … Birdied the 18th hole to win match against Barrett

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