Sam Horsfield may have been born in England, but he
has lived in Florida since he was 5 years old and is therefore used to the
heat. That experience is serving him well here in sunny, steamy conditions at
The Club at Carlton Woods. Horsfield, who reached the quarterfinals of last
year’s U.S. Junior Amateur at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif., was in the
first grouping off the 10th tee this afternoon (12:15 p.m.) and is 3 under par
through 15 holes. Horsfield is also one of three players in the U.S. Junior
field who competed last week at the U.S. Amateur Public Links at Sand Creek
Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan.
All players in the morning wave have now completed
18 holes, and Davis Riley, of Hattiesburg, Miss., is in a very comfortable
spot: out of the heat and atop the early leader board. The 2013 U.S. Junior
Amateur runner-up shot a “stress-free” round of 5-under 67, without a bogey, to
post the low round of the day so far. Riley, 17, has a good vibe at The Club at
Carlton Woods. He tied for 6th at the AJGA CB&I Boys Championship back in
February, which has held on the club’s Fazio Course.
Riley, four other players in the morning wave shot rounds in the 60s:
Tony Gil, Cheng Jin, Jacob Solomon and Brayden Thornberry, all of whom
shot 3-under 69. The heat is building here in The Woodlands, with
afternoon heat indexes expected to reach 105. Players and spectators are
being advised to stay hydrated and stand in the shade whenever
2013 U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up Davis Riley, of
Hattiesburg, Miss., is currently in a three-way tie atop the leader board at 3
under par through 12 holes.
We'll be tracking daily course setup changes this week at The Club at Carlton Woods. The course was set up
today at 7,219 yards today. The USGA moved the tees back 12 yards on the par-5
fourth hole, to 547 yards, and the hole has yielded 10 birdies thus far. On the
back nine, the tees were moved up 25 yards on the par-4 15th hole, to 425 yards.
Even with the shortened distance, that hole is currently playing as the third-toughest
on the course.
Among the early starters this morning are two Australians, Zach Murray (7:10
a.m./#1) and Ryan Ruffels (7:20 a.m./#10), who are friendly rivals and have
faced each other regularly in events in their home country. Murray is 2 under
par through six holes, while Ruffels is even par, also through six holes.
A thin layer of fog hovers over The Club at Carlton Woods on a warm, humid
morning as the first groupings commence play on the 1st and 10th tees.
First-tee starter John Reis introduces the 7 a.m. grouping – Garrett Barber, of
West Palm Beach, Fla., Cameron Young, of Scarborough, N.Y.; and Pierceson
Coody, of Plano, Texas – and then leaves them with a parting piece of advice: “Make
it memorable, gentlemen.”