Could a round-of-32 defeat Thursday at the 111th U.S. Amateur be the final appearance of Andrew Putnam’s accomplished amateur golf career?
He has an idea in the back of his mind.
But he is not telling – at least for a week, anyway.
Putnam, the three-time Class 1A state boys champion from Life Christian, and three-time All-American at Pepperdine, was eliminated by Texan Kelly Kraft, 3 and 2, in the afternoon at Erin Hills Golf Club in Wisconsin.
Earlier in the day, the University Place golfer finished up a rain-postponed first-round match with a 6-and-5 triumph over Jaun Salcedo, also of Texas. Putnam was the No. 18 seed in the championship.
Against Kraft, he quickly went 2-up, but lost the fourth hole on a “course management” blunder, and made bogey. Then, he had a pair of three-putt bogeys at the fifth and sixth holes, and suddenly he trailed – for good.
“He played pretty good,” Putnam said. “He did not give me any opportunities.”
After the exit, Putnam admitted he is not holding out much hope on making the U.S. Walker Cup team.
“I don’t think I will make it,” Putnam said.
If that is the case, then it is on to the professional ranks. Putnam will announce next week what his first tournament would be.
Also, UW golfer Chris Williams was also upended in the round of 32. Max Buckley, of New York, defeated hi,, 1-up.