7:10 p.m. EDT
Sam Horsfield and Jimmy Beck have set the standard thus far
in Round 1 of stroke-play qualifying, posting scores of six-under par.
Horsfield shot 66 on the Riverside Course, while Beck’s 65 on the Highlands
Course is the low 18-hole score for the championship to this point. Horsfield
was bogey-free, while Beck recorded seven birdies against just one bogey.
4:45 p.m. EDT
The trend of local competitors climbing to the top of the leader board is
continuing during Round 1 of U.S. Amateur stroke-play qualifying. Jimmy Beck, a
native of Columbus, Ga. and rising senior at Kennesaw State, fired a four-under
31 on his outward nine. He has some great help on the bag in KSU head coach Jay
Moseley, who was a U.S. Amateur competitor himself, advancing to match play in
3:30 p.m. EDT
Lee McCoy, a junior at the University of Georgia, ended the morning wave with a
bang by posting a 5-under 67 on the Riverside Course. The 20-year-old grew up
in Clarkesville, Ga., a little more than an hour away from Atlanta Athletic
Club, and is clearly comfortable with the venue. He birdied the 618-yard, par-5
first hole on Riverside and then added four more birdies on the back nine to
complete his sensational bogey-free round.
2:15 p.m. EDT
The morning wave of starting times is nearly complete, and the leader board is
being populated by a number of prominent names. Among those posting a 68 was
Robby Shelton, a 2014 U.S. Open competitor, and Cheng-Tsung Pan, who competed
in the 2013 and 2011 U.S. Opens at Merion and Congressional, respectively,
along with the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool. One stroke back at 69 is Will
Zalatoris, of Plano, Texas, the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion.
12:25 p.m. EDT
On Sunday, the winner of the U.S. Amateur will join the likes of Bob Jones,
Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and other greats of the game who have
won the championship over the years. In addition to having their name added to
the Havemeyer Trophy, the winner has traditionally received an invitation to
the Masters, as well exemptions into the U.S. Open and British Open.
11:30 a.m. EDT
Many golf fans may remember Beau Hossler, the 17-year-old high school student
who took the U.S. Open by storm in 2012 at The Olympic Club. Now a rising
sophomore at the University of Texas, Hossler has had a terrific summer on the
course with wins in the Western Amateur and Southern California Amateur, and
got his U.S. Amateur off on the right foot, at two-under par through four
holes. His performance in the U.S. Open two years ago was historic in that he
became the youngest player since World War II to make the cut in the
10:30 a.m. EDT
Interestingly, the companion Riverside Course is set up 63 yards longer than
the Highlands Course for today's first round of stroke-play qualifying (7,437
yards vs. 7,374 yards). Both courses end with reachable par fives and the two
finishing greens are within 100 yards of each other in front of the stately
clubhouse at AAC. One interesting hole to watch on Highlands today is the par-3
17th, which is playing just 170 yards. The tee shot is entirely over water and,
with the hole location just five paces on the front of the green, the hazard
will be very much in play.
9:30 a.m. EDT
Some of the notable players who have already started their opening rounds of
stroke-play qualifying: Five of the eight USGA champions in the field including
Scottie Scheffler (2013 U.S. Junior Amateur); Nathan Smith (four-time U.S.
Mid-Amateur champion); Mike McCoy (2013 U.S. Senior Amateur); Jordan Niebrugge
(2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links); Will Zalatoris (2014 U.S. Junior Amateur).
Will Thomson, who at 13 years of age is the youngest competitor in U.S. Amateur
history, began his round at 9:00 a.m. and birdied his first hole, the 409-yard
10th hole on the Riverside Course.
8:30 a.m. EDT
We're less than an hour into the opening round of stroke-play qualifying at
Atlanta Athletic Club. The group of Edwin Yi, R.J. Wood and Zach Waback were
the first players to begin their rounds on the Highlands Course, at 7:45 a.m.
EDT, with Sean Walsh, Grant Forrest and Jon Dutoit leading things off on the
Riverside Course. All 312 players in the field will play one round on Highlands
and one round on Riverside, with the low 64 players advancing to match play,
which begins Wednesday and will take place on the Highlands Course.