Mickelson-Yount lead 4-ball qualifying

Tim Mickelson and Jake Yount posted a score of 8-under-par 63 at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach to win a sectional qualifier for the United States Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

The 37-year-old Mickelson (pictured, left), golf coach at Arizona State and younger brother of Phil Mickelson, collected five birdies, while Yount, 27, who played at the University of San Diego when Mickelson was the coach there, added four.

The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, the newest United States Golf Association event, will be played for the first time on May 2-6 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, where Mickelson recruited Yount for San Diego when he played in the 2004 U.S., Junior Amateur.

“We are excited to be playing,” Mickelson said. “It’s a different format, first off, it’s a USGA event, which is always top-notch, and it’s at the Olympic Club. To be a part of the inaugural event is going to be really cool.

“There are some good memories there. While we were playing, all we talked about was everything that happened at San Diego and our time there.”

Brothers Ryan and Jason Higton of Fresno also qualified at 64.

Brady Exber of Las Vegas and Kevin Marsh of Henderson, Nev., finished at 65 and earned the third and final qualifying spot with a par on the first playoff hole to turn back Jonathan Keane of San Mateo and Stephen Sparolini of San Francisco, and Jason Anthony of Green Valley and Randy Haag of San Francisco.

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