2014 U.S. Amateur Round 1 Updates

This page will be updated throughout the first round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2014 U.S. Amateur, with 312 players beginning their quests to be among the 64 to advance to match play. Stroke-play qualifying will take place on both the Highlands and Riverside Courses, with competitors playing one round on each. Scoring will be updated every nine holes.
August 11, 2014

8:00 p.m. EDT
The first round of the 2014 U.S. Amateur is in the books here at Atlanta Athletic Club. The average score today was 74.763. The par-72 Riverside Course (74.910) played to a slightly higher stroke average than par-71 Highlands (74.615), and the scoring conditions were ideal for the entire day. We’ll look forward to an exciting second round tomorrow as the field jockeys for position to finish among the top 64 and advance to match play.

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 2007.

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 championship.

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.

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