67th U.S. Junior Am: Round 1 Updates

This page will be updated throughout the first round of stroke-play qualifying at the 67th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, played at The Club at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus Course) in The Woodlands, Texas. Scoring is updated every three holes and can be found here.
July 21, 2014

7:00 p.m.
The first round of stroke-play qualifying is nearly complete at The Club at Carlton Woods, and a few players distinguished themselves with very good rounds playing in the intense afternoon heat. Joshua Sedeno, of Roseville, Calif., and Sam Horsfield, of England, both came in with 4-under 68 and stand one stroke in back of Davis Riley. Sedeno and Horsfield will have the benefit of a morning starting time on Tuesday. Other players with afternoon rounds in the 60s include Brad Dalke (69), of Hobart, Okla., Thomas Longbella (69), of Chippewa Falls, Wis., and John Mancinotti (69), of Toledo, Ohio. Full recap story will be posted on www.usjunioram.org later this evening.

4:15 p.m.
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.

1:45 p.m.
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.
   Other than 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 possible. 

11:00 a.m.
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.

9:00 a.m.
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.

7:00 a.m.
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.”

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