Erik Hanson of Kirkland, Wash. and Ben Garrett of Seattle, Wash. have been named as a group to watch at this week’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship from Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
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Erik Hanson and Ben Garrett/Doug Albers and Ryne Fisher
Course No. 2, 9:12 a.m., May 27/Course No. 8, 12:36 p.m., May 28
Since retiring from professional baseball in 1998, Hanson, 51, of Kirkland, Wash., has found golf as a competitive outlet. A right-handed pitcher who played for four major-league teams (Seattle, Cincinnati, Boston and Toronto), Hanson has qualified for three U.S. Mid-Amateurs and represented Washington in four USGA Men’s State Teams. This is his first foray in the Four-Ball, as he partners with Garrett, 34, of Seattle, who won last year’s club championship at Sahalee Country Club, where Hanson is a longtime member. Albers, 38, of Kansas City, Mo., is making his second U.S. Amateur Four-Ball start after missing the cut two years ago with Tyler Shelton. Fisher, 30, of Overland Park, Kan., is competing in his first USGA championship.