Walker Cup teammates Smith, White win Four-Ball

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Walker Cup teammates Nathan Smith and Todd White won the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball on Wednesday, beating Sherrill Britt and Greg Earnhardt 7 and 5 in the championship match

Smith and White won the first four holes at Olympic Club, Britt and Earnhardt took the fourth with a birdie, and Smith and White birdied the sixth to regain their 4-up lead. Smith and White won Nos. 11 and 12 with pars and ended the match with a birdie on the par-3 13th.

The 36-year-old Smith, a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, is an investment adviser in Pittsburgh. The 47-year-old White is a high school history teacher in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The 49-year-old Britt is from West End, North Carolina, and the 46-year-old Earnhardt from Greensboro, North Carolina.

In the morning semifinals, Smith and White topped 18-year-olds Austin Connelly and Sam Burns 2 and 1, and Britt and Earnhardt outlasted Scott Harvey and Todd Mitchell in 19 holes.

The Four-Ball replaced the U.S. Amateur Public Links on the USGA calendar.

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