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U.S. Junior Amateur recap, Day 1

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on July 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm with No Comments »
July 18, 2011 8:14 pm

At Gold Mountain Olympic Course, Gorst
7,133 yards, par 72

What: Stroke play, first round.

Leaders: Beau Hossler, of Mission Viejo, Calif. and William Starke, of Chapin. S.C. – 4-under-par 68.

Chasers: Taylor Moore, of Edmond, Okla. and Chelso Barrett, of Keene, N.H. (69); Yi Keun Chang, of Walnut, Calif. and A.J. McInerney, of Henderson, Nev. (70).

Notables: Jordan Spieth, the 2009 U.S. Junior champion and tournament favorite from Dallas, was 3-over through seven holes, birdied four of five holes to start his back nine – capped by a 35-foot putt on No. 12 – to shoot even-par 72, and sits tied for 10th. … Defending champion Jim Liu, of Smithtown, N.Y, hooked his drive out-of-bounds left on the seventh hole (quadruple bogey-8) and hit his approach shot so far left on the 17th hole, he had to take an unplayable lie (triple bogey-7) en route to a 78. He is tied for 87th.

Locals: The 17th hole was brutal on the field Monday, especially to the Bellarmine Prep pair of James Feutz (76) and Chris Tedesco (82). Feutz’s approach shot went right, and was never found. He took a lost-ball penalty, and ended up with double bogey. Tedesco lost his original and provisional tee shots, and had to go back to the tee to hit a third ball. He had a quadruple bogey. … Feutz did par the final 10 holes to finish with a 76.

Morning wave standout: Moore, the reigning state high school champion from Oklahoma, got rolling with a chip-in birdie on the difficult third hole, survived bogeys at Nos. 8 and 9 in the middle of his round and birdied both back nine par-5 holes for a 69. “For the first day, I’ll take it,” Moore said.

Afternoon wave standout: Hossler arguably was the hottest junior coming in, but the laid-back Starke posted the day’s lone bogey-free round. “Every time I was in trouble, my putter got me out of it. Every green I missed, I made a 15-footer for par,” Starke said. Half his birdies were on near tap-ins – a 3-footer at No. 8 (5-iron tee shot) and a 2-footer on No. 10 (wedge approach).

Around the course: Straight out of the book of the statistical bizarre, this happened Monday. Connor Klein, of Lone Tree, Colo., scored a hole-in-one on the fifth hole, which would have been the 12th in U.S. Amateur history. Except that Klein was penalized one stroke for slow play (the only one handed out by USGA officials Monday), so officially on the scorecard, it went down as a birdie. Klein shot 82. … Hayden Wood, of Edmond, Okla., holed out a wedge for an eagle-2 at the second hole. The ball also did damage as USGA officials had to put toothpicks in the hole to stabilize it for the rest of the field.

Quoteworthy: “I want to be medalist. That is obviously the goal. When Beau is playing well, he’ll probably post another 68. So I am going to have to go really low tomorrow, but it’s out there.” – Spieth

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