As the crowd begins to grow around the leader board as players and fans alike
anxiously wait to find out what the match-play cut will be, one player who is
safely inside the line is incoming University of Texas freshman Taylor Funk.
Funk, who is making his U.S. Amateur debut, is the son of 2009 U.S. Senior Open
champion Fred Funk, made his mark on the leader board on his inward nine at the
Riverside Course on Tuesday with a 4-under 32 on his way to posting a 68. His
3-under 140 total for 36 holes is well within the projected cut, which is
currently at 145 (+2).
Playing in his first USGA championship,
England’s Jimmy Mullen is making a strong case to be a factor when match play
begins on Wednesday. After posting a 1-under 71 on Monday at the Highlands
Course, he is 4-under for his round on Riverside, putting him well up the
leader board. While he hasn’t previously competed in the U.S. Amateur, he has
played with golf’s elite, as he was in the 2013 British Open field.
3:30 p.m. EDT
With half the field now done with their second rounds, it’s clear that it will
take some very good scoring for players to be among the low 64 to advance to
match play. The conditions are a bit tougher today, with a little more wind
than yesterday and the greens firming up. Currently, 57 players have posted
36-hole totals of +3 or better, led by Taylor Moore, of Edmond, Okla. The
21-year-old backed up his first-round 66 with a 69 to post 8-under 135, good
for the clubhouse lead as play continues.
2:20 p.m. EDT
After a tough opening round on Monday, the world’s top-ranked amateur has put
himself back into strong position to advance to match play. Ollie
Schniederjans, a rising senior at Georgia Tech who is currently No. 1 in the
World Amateur Golf Rankings, followed up a 73 with a 3-under 69 on Tuesday on
Atlanta Athletic Club’s Riverside Course to give him a 36-hole total of 1-under
142. Schniederjans’ round really took off when he made the turn, carding four
straight birdies on holes 10-13. He was able to make par from a sand-filled
divot in the 18th fairway to avoid three straight closing bogeys.
1:15 p.m. EDT
Scores are continuing to come in
for the players in the morning wave and we’re monitoring some moves around the
leader board. Carson Jacobs, of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Chris Waters, of
Atlanta, shot rounds of 69 and 70, respectively, to post 36-hole totals of
4-under-par 139. The round of the morning so far came from Taylor Funk, of
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., who added a 68 to his first-round 72 and stands at
3-under 140. A few players went in the other direction, however, as Taylor
Macdonald, of Australia, followed up his first-round 68 with a second-round 79,
for a 4-over 147 that right now looks unlikely to be good enough to advance to
11:40 a.m. EDT
The U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team was announced on Tuesday, and four of the six boys
named to the team are in the U.S. Amateur field: Sam Burns, Austin Connelly,
Davis Riley and Cameron Young. The girls’ side includes Kristen Gillman, who
won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship last week.
10:00 a.m. EDT
Carson Jacobs is off to a quick start to his second round of stroke-play
qualifying on the Riverside Course. After opening with a one-under 70 on the
Highlands Course on Monday, the Vanderbilt Commodore is three-under through his
first seven holes on the Riverside Course’s outward nine, and is -4 for the
championship, putting him near the top of the leader board.
9:00 a.m. EDT
Another calm, overcast morning greets players and spectators for the second
round of stroke-play qualifying here at Atlanta Athletic Club. Entering today,
69 players out of the starting field of 312 stand at even par or better,
setting up a battle to finish among the low 64 who advance to match play. A few
prominent names will be fighting to make the cut, including Ollie
Schniederjans, the number-one player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, who
shot a 2-over 73 yesterday on the Highlands Course. With a 9:05 a.m. starting
time, he is about to begin his second round on the first tee of Riverside.