Wyatt’s 64 Leads 2012 U.S. Amateur

Alabama All-American posts 7-under score at Cherry Hills C.C. on first day of stroke-play qualifying


Bobby Wyatt, 20, of Mobile, Ala., fired a 7-under-par 64 to take the early lead after the first day of stroke-play qualifying. (John Mummert/USGA)
By Pete Kowalski, USGA
August 13, 2012

Cherry Hills Village, Colo. – Bobby Wyatt, 20, of Mobile, Ala., fired a 7-under-par 64 at the par- 71 Cherry Hills Country Club Monday to lead after the first day of stroke-play qualifying at the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship.

Six players – Zac Blair of Ogden, Utah; Brandon Hagy of Westlake Village, Calif.; Max Homa of Valencia, Calif.; Justin Thomas of Goshen, Ky.; Sebastian Vasquez of Mexico; and 2011 USA Walker Cup Team member Chris Williams of Moscow, Idaho – all shot 5-under-par 65 at the par-70, 7,378-yard CommonGround Golf Course, the companion course for stroke play, to keep up with Wyatt’s torrid pace.

All but Blair played in the morning wave of 156 players. Blair, Hagy, Thomas and Williams all played bogey-free rounds.

The 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship, with a field of 312 players, consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play, with the championship scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. MDT.

The U.S. Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Wyatt, who is No. 7 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (http://www.randa.org/wagr.aspx) and was an All-America selection in his sophomore year at Alabama in 2012, made five birdies in his first seven holes and finished the day with eight birdies against just one bogey on the 7,409-yard Cherry Hills Country Club layout.

“I hit it pretty well,” Wyatt said. “I was just trying to play for position and hit it in smart places on the green. Fortunately, I left myself some simple putts, not necessarily close, but simple and I was able to roll them in.”

Wyatt, who had one of the early starting times at 7:20 a.m., played in optimal scoring conditions at Cherry Hills. Winds picked up in the afternoon at both courses, causing scores to be slightly higher.

“Early, there was no wind and the greens weren’t too firm for the shorter irons I had in and I could get it a little closer,” Wyatt said. “The conditions were definitely a contributor to why I was able to score so well.”

His longest putt for birdie was a 45-footer on the 17th hole and he finished with a flourish by canning an 18-footer for birdie on the difficult par-4 18th hole.

Thomas, Wyatt’s teammate at Alabama said: “It doesn’t surprise me at all. Bobby is an unbelievable player and he is playing really well. I didn’t expect anything less from him.”

Wyatt, who won the Sunnehanna Amateur in Pennsylvania and was the runner-up at the Southeastern Conference Championship and the NCAA Regional in Athens, Ga., earlier this season, also credited his advance work for the day’s best round.

“I feel really good about my preparation for this week,” he said. “I was putting well. I birdied four of the first five and had a bogey in there. But, I felt good about the way things were going.”

Bryson Dechambeau of Clovis, Calif., shot the second-best score of the day at Cherry Hills C.C., a 4-under-par 67.

Cherry Hills Village, Colo. -- Results of Monday’s first round of stroke play at the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship, played at 7,409-yard, par-71 Cherry Hills Country Club and the 7,378-yard, par-70 CommonGround Golf Course.  (CH=Cherry Hills; CG=CommonGround)

Bobby Wyatt, Mobile, Ala. 31-33--64 CH
Zac Blair, Ogden, Utah 34-31--65 CG
Max Homa, Valencia, Calif. 35-30--65 CG
Brandon Hagy, Westlake Village, Calif. 32-33--65 CG
Sebastian Vazquez, Mexico 34-31--65 CG
Chris Williams, Moscow, Idaho 33-32--65 CG
Justin Thomas, Goshen, Ky. 33-32--65 CG
Bryson Dechambeau, Clovis, Calif. 33-34--67 CH
Ryan McCarthy, Australia 33-34--67 CG
Derek Ernst, Clovis, Calif. 34-33--67 CG
Corey Conners, Canada 35-32--67 CG
Brian Bullington, Frankfort, Ill. 35-32--67 CG
Tyler Torano, Chula Vista, Calif. 34-33--67 CG
Andrew Presley, Fort Worth, Texas 32-35--67 CG
Jade Scott, Daingerfield, Texas 32-35--67 CG
Talor Gooch, Midwest City, Okla. 33-35--68 CH
Devin Miertschin, El Paso, Texas 33-35--68 CH
T.J. Mitchell, Albany, Ga. 35-33--68 CH
Barry Dyche, Charlotte, N.C. 33-35--68 CG
Edouard Espana, France 34-34--68 CG
Blaine Woodruff, Acworth, Ga. 34-34--68 CG
Tyler Raber, El Macero, Calif. 35-33--68 CG
Richard Lamb, South Bend, Ind. 34-34--68 CG
Zander Lombard, South Africa 35-33--68 CG
Aaron Wise, Corona, Calif. 33-35--68 CG
A.J. McInerney, Henderson, Nev. 34-34--68 CG
Max Buckley, Rye, N.Y. 35-33--68 CG
Andrew Biggadike, Ridgewood, N.J. 36-32--68 CG
Cheng-Tsung Pan, Chinese Taipei 33-36--69 CH
Jeff Osberg, Philadelphia, Pa. 33-36--69 CH
Ricardo Gouveia, Portugal 32-37--69 CH
Brett Drewitt, Australia 35-34--69 CG
Justin Spray, Gold Canyon, Ariz. 34-35--69 CG
Michael Schoolcraft, Englewood, Colo. 33-36--69 CG
Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas 35-34--69 CG
Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, Calif. 36-33--69 CG
Devon Purser, Clearfield, Utah 35-34--69 CG
Bobby Holden, Simi Valley, Calif. 37-32--69 CG
Brandon Dalinka, Newtown, Pa. 35-34--69 CG
Adam Stephenson, Greenville, N.C. 34-36--70 CH
Adam Schenk, Vincennes, Ind. 35-35--70 CH
Zack Munroe, Charlotte, N.C. 35-35--70 CH
Paul Misko, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 35-35--70 CH
Curtis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla. 33-37--70 CH
Nicholas Reach, Moscow, Pa. 34-36--70 CH
Collin Pratt, Santa Fe, N.M. 36-34--70 CG
Donald Constable, Deephaven, Minn. 35-35--70 CG
Korey Ward, West Chester, Ohio 38-32--70 CG
Jorge Fernandez Valdes, Argentina 34-36--70 CG
Jonathan De Los Reyes, Antioch, Calif. 36-34--70 CG
Jeff Kang, Fullerton, Calif. 36-34--70 CG
David Snyder, Somerset, Ky. 32-38--70 CG
Joey Garber, Petoskey, Mich. 36-34--70 CG
Todd White, Spartanburg, S.C. 36-34--70 CG
Dakota Duerr, Murrieta, Calif. 37-33--70 CG
Kyle Kmiecik, Avon, Ohio 35-35--70 CG
Jay Woodward, Bridgeport, W.Va. 34-37--71 CH
Matthew Stieger, Australia 33-38--71 CH
Michael Hebert, Alpharetta, Ga. 35-36--71 CH
Mackenzie Hughes, Canada 35-36--71 CH
Eric McCardle, Oak Harbor, Wash. 35-36--71 CH
Johnathan Schnitzer, Houston, Texas 35-36--71 CH
Brad Valois, Warwick, R.I. 34-37--71 CH
Kenny Cook, Noblesville, Ind. 37-34--71 CG
Zach Wright, Phoenix, Ariz. 34-37--71 CG
Daniel Nisbet, Australia 34-37--71 CG
Matthew Chamberlain, Windermere, Fla. 33-38--71 CG
Gary Nicklaus, Jupiter, Fla. 38-33--71 CG
Alberto Sanchez, Nogales, Ariz. 36-35--71 CG
Ziting Wang, People's Republic of China 36-35--71 CG
Brett Patterson, McMinnville, Tenn. 37-34--71 CG
Eli Cole, Los Angeles, Calif. 36-35--71 CG
Drew Evans, Dallas, Texas 36-35--71 CG
Steven Fox, Hendersonville, Tenn. 36-36--72 CH
Gavin Green, Malaysia 37-35--72 CH
Joey Rice IV, Dunkirk, Md. 37-35--72 CH
Jay Hwang, San Diego, Calif. 38-34--72 CH
Oliver Goss, Australia 37-35--72 CH
Kyle Sterbinsky, Yardley, Pa. 36-36--72 CH
Bobby Leopold, Cranston, R.I. 33-39--72 CH
Denny McCarthy, Rockville, Md. 35-37--72 CH
Justin Shin, Canada 35-37--72 CH
Michael Kim, Del Mar, Calif. 37-35--72 CH
Brian Colbert, Palatine, Ill. 34-38--72 CG
Bryan Kruse, Westminster, Colo. 35-37--72 CG
Mike Haack, Bellevue, Wash. 35-37--72 CG
Walker Huddy, Studio City, Calif. 35-37--72 CG
Jarred Bossio, Olympia, Wash. 36-36--72 CG
Brandon Stone, South Africa 36-36--72 CG
Steven Kearney, Carlsbad, Calif. 37-35--72 CG
Beau Hossler, Mission Viejo, Calif. 36-36--72 CG
Lorens Chan, Honolulu, Hawaii 34-38--72 CG
Connor Black, Houston, Texas 37-35--72 CG
David Mills, Evansville, Ind. 36-36--72 CG
Andy Hyeon Bo Shim, Korea 36-36--72 CG
Stephane Dubois, Canada 37-35--72 CG
Taylor Moore, Edmond, Okla. 39-33--72 CG
Blake Morris, Waterbury, Conn. 36-36--72 CG
Taeksoo Kim, Wailuku, Hawaii 37-35--72 CG
James Pleat, Nashua, N.H. 36-36--72 CG
Ricky Stockton, Salinas, Calif. 36-36--72 CG
Robert Mize, Columbus, Ga. 36-36--72 CG
Josh Apple, Lansdowne, Va. 36-36--72 CG
Pat Wilson, Andover, N.J. 36-36--72 CG
Stewart Jolly, Birmingham, Ala. 36-36--72 CG
Todd Sinnott, Australia 36-37--73 CH
Douglas Hanzel, Savannah, Ga. 37-36--73 CH
Julien Brun, France 37-36--73 CH
Thomas Pieters, Belgium 36-37--73 CH
Michael Weaver, Fresno, Calif. 37-36--73 CH
Patrick Rodgers, Avon, Ind. 34-39--73 CH
Paul McConnell, Garland, Texas 35-38--73 CH
Scott Willman, Prairie Village, Kan. 36-37--73 CH
C.J. Swift, New Canaan, Conn. 35-38--73 CH
Jack Watson, Lincolnshire, Ill. 39-34--73 CH
Matt Schovee, Cherry Hills Village, Colo. 36-37--73 CH
Jonathan Diianni, Kernersville, N.C. 37-36--73 CH
Hideki Matsuyama, Japan 36-37--73 CH
Michael Davan, Rossville, Ill. 37-36--73 CG
Tristan Lewis, Pepper Pike, Ohio 35-38--73 CG
Patrick Duncan Jr., Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 35-38--73 CG
Kyle Henning, Brookfield, Wis. 34-39--73 CG
Chris Waters, Athens, Ga. 38-35--73 CG
Kramer Hickok, Plano, Texas 35-38--73 CG
Sam Fidone, Lufkin, Texas 37-36--73 CG
Brian Campbell, Irvine, Calif. 40-33--73 CG
Sam Horsfield, Davenport, Fla. 38-35--73 CG
Bill Williamson, Cincinnati, Ohio 36-37--73 CG
Nick McLaughlin, New Castle, N.H. 35-38--73 CG
Taylor Pendrith, Canada 35-38--73 CG
Ted Moloney, St. Louis, Mo. 37-36--73 CG
David Tepe, Cincinnati, Ohio 39-34--73 CG
Anthony Paolucci, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 35-39--74 CH
Ben Heisey, Orange, Calif. 37-37--74 CH
Tim Crouch, Mount Vernon, Ohio 36-38--74 CH
Albin Choi, Canada 34-40--74 CH
Eric Frazzetta, Long Beach, Calif. 35-39--74 CH
Patrick Newcomb, Benton, Ky. 34-40--74 CH
John McClure, Los Angeles, Calif. 35-39--74 CH
Craig Hinton, England 39-35--74 CH
Michael Muscatell, Lake Wylie, S.C. 36-38--74 CH
Kyle Weldon, Des Peres, Mo. 36-38--74 CH
Michael Miller, Brewster, N.Y. 33-41--74 CH
Rory Bourke, Australia 36-38--74 CH
Pedro Figueiredo, Portugal 35-39--74 CH
Sebastian Cappelen, Fayetteville, Ark. 37-37--74 CH
Nick Sherwood, Albany, Ore. 37-37--74 CG
Jeff Chapman, Denver, Colo. 38-36--74 CG
Cody Martin, Union, Ky. 38-36--74 CG
Parker Edens, Greeley, Colo. 38-36--74 CG
Mason Seaborn, Montrose, Ala. 38-36--74 CG
David Gies, Charlotte, N.C. 36-38--74 CG
Ben Lown, North Augusta, S.C. 36-38--74 CG
Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. 36-38--74 CG
Jeff Champine, Rochester Hills, Mich. 36-38--74 CG
Oliver Schniederjans, Powder Springs, Ga. 38-36--74 CG
Danny Guise, Greenwich, Conn. 36-38--74 CG
Juan Salcedo, Mexico 38-36--74 CG
Ryan Axlund, Denver, Colo. 36-38--74 CG
Nicolo Galletti, Pleasanton, Calif. 36-38--74 CG
Martin Salgado, Mexico 38-36--74 CG
Shun Yat Hak, Hong Kong 37-37--74 CG
Blake Biddle, St. Charles, Ill. 38-36--74 CG
T.J. Vogel, Miami, Fla. 36-38--74 CG
Matt Atkins, Owensboro, Ky. 35-39--74 CG
Chris Hemmerich, Canada 36-38--74 CG
Patrick Cermak, Chicago, Ill. 38-36--74 CG
Ryan Tetrault, Orange, Calif. 37-37--74 CG
Kristian Caparros, Miami Lakes, Fla. 38-37--75 CH
Cody Gribble, Dallas, Texas 34-41--75 CH
Matt Hansen, Los Osos, Calif. 38-37--75 CH
Ben Taylor, England 37-38--75 CH
Daniel Berger, Jupiter, Fla. 37-38--75 CH
Kyle Smell, Overland Park, Kan. 40-35--75 CH
Carlos Ortiz, Mexico 37-38--75 CH
John Jackopsic, West Hartford, Conn. 35-40--75 CH
Jack Adkins, Martinsville, Va. 35-40--75 CH
Brad Schneider, Valrico, Fla. 37-38--75 CH
Cory Siegfried, Villanova, Pa. 35-40--75 CH
Myles Lewis, New Orleans, La. 36-39--75 CH
Jarrett Foote, Woodinville, Wash. 35-40--75 CH
Trey Mullinax, Birmingham, Ala. 34-41--75 CH
Eric Hallberg, Castle Rock, Colo. 34-41--75 CH
Storm Lee, Korea 38-37--75 CG
Edward Figueroa, Naples, Fla. 37-38--75 CG
Steve Zychowski, Mendham, N.J. 40-35--75 CG
Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa. 40-35--75 CG
Jack Larkin, Atlanta, Ga. 37-38--75 CG
David Nuhn, Moscow, Idaho 39-36--75 CG
Jerry Wall, Brielle, N.J. 38-37--75 CG
Alex Ellis, Austin, Texas 36-39--75 CG
Michael Colgate, Sarasota, Fla. 38-37--75 CG
Bailey Patrick, Charlotte, N.C. 37-38--75 CG
John Varol, Charlotte, N.C. 36-40--76 CH
Hudson Carpenter, Stillwater, Minn. 38-38--76 CH
Evan Bowser, Dearborn, Mich. 35-41--76 CH
Wes Hillen, Columbia, Ill. 36-40--76 CH
Keith Mitchell, Chattanooga, Tenn. 36-40--76 CH
Rick Stimmel, Pittsburgh, Pa. 36-40--76 CH
Ryan O'Rear, Belton, Texas 36-40--76 CH
Peter Williamson, Hanover, N.H. 37-39--76 CH
Dan Charen, Langhorne, Pa. 36-40--76 CH
Jake Higginbottom, Australia 37-39--76 CH
Taylor Reed, Sheridan, Wyo. 37-39--76 CH
Jeremy Sanders, Chatsworth, Calif. 35-41--76 CG
Chad Merzbacher, Dublin, Ohio 39-37--76 CG
Hunter O'Mahony, Tequesta, Fla. 38-38--76 CG
Kent Monas, Perry, Ohio 40-36--76 CG
Jon Peterson, Granite Bay, Calif. 38-38--76 CG
Matt Gilchrest, Southlake, Texas 39-37--76 CG
Yi-Hsiu Luo, Chinese Taipei 39-37--76 CG
Zach Monson, Fort Worth, Texas 36-40--76 CG
Brett Quitiquit, Highland, Mich. 38-38--76 CG
Taylor McCullum, Hoover, Ala. 38-38--76 CG
Justin Holyszko, Bay City, Mich. 37-40--77 CH
Yi Keun Chang, Korea 37-40--77 CH
Chelso Barrett, Keene, N.H. 39-38--77 CH
Stephen Carney, Tulsa, Okla. 39-38--77 CH
Doug Kleeschulte, Kingston, N.Y. 35-42--77 CH
Gregory Yates, Mansfield, Texas 38-39--77 CH
Taylor Hancock, Clearwater, Fla. 38-39--77 CH
Trenton Olson, Horace, N.D. 39-38--77 CH
Cameron Smith, Australia 38-39--77 CH
Dan Stringfellow, Roselle, Ill. 37-40--77 CH
Gerrit Chambers, Brush Prairie, Wash. 36-41--77 CH
Will Beard, Bowling Green, Ky. 39-38--77 CH
Icem Brewer, Parsons, Kan. 37-40--77 CH
J.T. Taylor, Conroe, Texas 36-41--77 CH
Bowen Sargent, Charlottesville, Va. 39-38--77 CH
Tim Hogarth, Northridge, Calif. 41-36--77 CG
Duke Butler IV, Ponte Vedra, Fla. 40-37--77 CG
Ben Balter, Wellesley, Mass. 39-38--77 CG
Cass Traub, Long Beach, Calif. 38-39--77 CG
Chris Baingo, Llano, Calif. 39-38--77 CG
Ricky Stimets, Paxton, Mass. 37-40--77 CG
Tyler Salsbury, Enumclaw, Wash. 40-37--77 CG
Brian Smith, Corpus Christi, Texas 39-38--77 CG
Jason Buffone, New Lenox, Ill. 39-38--77 CG
Jim Liu, Smithtown, N.Y. 38-40--78 CH
Hunter Stewart, Lexington, Ky. 37-41--78 CH
Aleksei Koika, Moldova 39-39--78 CH
Zack Jaworski, Alpharetta, Ga. 41-37--78 CH
Richy Werenski, South Hadley, Mass. 34-44--78 CH
Rob Simmons, Beaufort, S.C. 40-38--78 CH
Alex Chiarella, Pukalani, Hawaii 39-39--78 CH
Andrej Bevins, Elk Grove, Calif. 39-39--78 CH
Drew Imel, Bluffton, Ind. 36-42--78 CH
Ian Vandersee, West Des Moines, Iowa 37-41--78 CH
Cory Whitsett, Houston, Texas 37-41--78 CH
Justin Keiley, Haiku, Hawaii 36-42--78 CH
Brian Anania, Hurricane, W.Va. 38-40--78 CH
Bill Carlson, Fargo, N.D. 36-42--78 CH
Will Morris, Columbus, Ohio 40-38--78 CG
Jamey Salmon, Jacksonville, Fla. 41-37--78 CG
Isaac Spencer, Winston Salem, N.C. 38-40--78 CG
Andy Zhang, People's Republic of China 40-38--78 CG
Brian Hickey, Downers Grove, Ill. 39-39--78 CG
Charlie Danielson, Osceola, Wis. 39-39--78 CG
Nick Gilliam, Gainesville, Fla. 36-42--78 CG
Danny Yustin, East Amherst, N.Y. 37-41--78 CG
Stefan Brewer, Charlotte, N.C. 36-42--78 CG
Maclain Huge, Lovettsville, Va. 42-37--79 CH
Marcel Schneider, Germany 40-39--79 CH
Matthew Crenshaw, Burlington, N.C. 41-38--79 CH
Tyler Carlson, Clarkston, Wash. 39-40--79 CH
Jordan Russell, College Station, Texas 40-39--79 CH
Randy Lewis, Alma, Mich. 39-40--79 CH
Matt Cooper, Memphis, Tenn. 38-41--79 CH
Justin Cho, Alpharetta, Ga. 36-43--79 CH
Charles Cote, Canada 40-39--79 CH
Grady Brame Jr., Hammond, La. 33-46--79 CH
Joseph Abella, Plano, Texas 36-43--79 CH|
Sepp Straka, Valdosta, Ga. 38-41--79 CG
Ryan Zech, Kearney, Mo. 38-41--79 CG
Keegan Drugan, Holmen, Wis. 38-42--80 CH
Michael McGowan, Southern Pines, N.C. 37-43--80 CH
Gordon Neale, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. 39-41--80 CH
Blake Liles, Sebring, Fla. 40-40--80 CH
Jason Anthony, Walnut Creek, Calif. 38-42--80 CH
Clay Myers, Memphis, Tenn. 39-41--80 CH
Xander Schauffele, San Diego, Calif. 38-42--80 CH
Charlie Saxon, Tulsa, Okla. 39-41--80 CH
Sean Einhaus, Germany 39-41--80 CH
Ryan Eibner, Greenville, N.C. 37-43--80 CH
Austen Truslow, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. 38-42--80 CH
Dean Hester, Dublin, Ga. 44-36--80 CG
Brandon Truesdale, Winnsboro, S.C. 42-38--80 CG
Kyle English, Bloomington, Ill. 37-44--81 CH
Tolver Dozier, Dothan, Ala. 38-43--81 CH
Tomaz Pinheiro, Brazil 41-40--81 CH
Gentry Hicks, Tucson, Ariz. 37-44--81 CH
Preston Stanley, Katy, Texas 37-44--81 CH
Jean-Philip Cornellier, Canada 41-40--81 CH
Tyler Klava, Pace, Fla. 38-43--81 CH
John Wright, Gulf Shores, Ala. 41-40--81 CG
Alex McMahon, Oro Valley, Ariz. 41-40--81 CG
Alexis Gemme Piacente, Canada 40-41--81 CG
Cameron Liebert, Malvern, Pa. 41-41--82 CH
Mike Johnson, Ambler, Pa. 40-42--82 CH
Phil Pleat, Nashua, N.H. 41-41--82 CH
Barrett Edens, Okolona, Miss. 40-42--82 CH
Daniel Pow, Canada 39-44--83 CH
Andy Yang, Korea 41-42--83 CH
Dylan Crowley, Glen Cove, N.Y. 42-42--84 CH
Rusty Pies, Potomac, Md. 42-42--84 CH
Ryan Carter, Miami, Fla. 40-44--84 CH
Dylan Stensland, Kingston, Wash. 41-43--84 CH
Taylor Johnson, Oconomowoc, Wis. 41-45--86 CH
Steven Delmar Jr., Gaithersburg, Md. 38-48--86 CH
Hunter Rappleye, Elk Grove, Calif. 43-43--86 CG
Matt Bianchini, West Boylston, Mass. 45-47--92 CH
Zach Yinger, Sidney, Ohio WD CH

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