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Most all golfers in Iowa knew that

when Jon Olson and Jon Brown

teamed up to try and qualify for the

U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, they would

be tough to beat. That held true

as the duo was one of two sides to

qualify at Glen Oaks Country Club in

West Des Moines in September of

2015 for the championship proper to

be held in May of 2016.

Brown (Clive) and Olson (Ankeny)

combined for nine birdies en route

to their 8-under 63 during qualifying.

That gave them medalist honors by

one stroke over Michael Christensen

of Grand Rapids, MN and Brad Clark

of Chapel Hill, NC. Christensen and

Clark carded seven birdies with no


The two sides then moved on to the

national championship at Winged

Foot Golf Club in New York in May.

Brown and Olson fared quite well,

shooting 70-66 to finish stroke

play in a tie for 22nd and earn the

#28 seed in the match play draw.

Christensen and Clark played well

too, but their scores of 67-73 left

them three shots out of a playoff for

the final spot in the 32-team match

play draw.

The Iowa duo was unable to make

it past the first round of match play,


They got off to a slow start against

Dylan Wu and Andrew Whalen

(teammates at Northwestern and

both from the Pacific Northwest),


1 Jon Brown/ Jon Olson


2 Michael Christensen/Brad Clark



Pete Godwin/Jacob Godwin



Gene Elliott/Michael McCoy


Gregory Stanek/Jose Vega


Blake Brorman/Karsten Majors


Rob Dunn/Mike Tapper



(Par 71)


U.S. Four-Ball Quali er

Glen Oaks Country Club, West Des Moines, IA

September 28, 2015

May 2-6, 2016

falling four down through four

holes and ultimately five down

through ten holes. Brown and Olson

mounted a bit of a charge, winning

the 11th and 12th holes with birdies

and then capturing a win with a par

at 13. That left them at 2 down with

five to play. Unfortunately they

would lose the 14th hole when they

made a bogey then a birdie by their

opponents at 15 ended the match, 4

and 3.

The Iowa side admitted to having

plenty of fun while teaming up for

this competition.

“I really think we

have more fun

than any other

team out there,”

Olson said. “Jon’s

a great partner

and just a fun guy

to be around. Plus

we both hit our

clubs about the

same distance so it

makes it easy from

that standpoint.”

Olson/Brown team up, make match play at 2nd U.S. Amateur Four-ball


Jon Olson (R) and Jon Brown (L) qualified for the U.S.

Amateur Four-Ball at Glen Oaks CC in September 2015.

The championship was held in May 2016.

Brown and Olson will get to have

more fun as they will be back

at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Championship. The teammates

qualified in September of 2016 for

the championship to be played in

May, 2017 at Pinehurst #2 in North

Carolina. Qualifying for the 2017

championship will continue into

the spring but, as of now, Brown

and Olson are the only Iowans who

have made it through to Pinehurst.