U.S. Amateur: Round 2 Updates


This page will be updated throughout the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2014 U.S. Amateur, being held on the Highlands and Riverside courses at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. Scoring will be updated every nine holes.
By USGA
August 12, 2014

8:20 p.m. EDT 
Stroke-play qualifying has concluded at the 2014 U.S. Amateur. While 60 players have locked down spots in match play, there will be a 17-for-4 playoff for the players who finished with 36-hole scores of 2-over 145 to determine the final four spots in the draw. It will be contested on Atlanta Athletic Club’s Riverside Course beginning at 8:00 a.m. EDT, using holes 1, 8 and 9. The Round of 64 begins at 9:00 a.m. EDT on the Highlands Course. Lee McCoy and Taylor Moore shared stroke-play medalist honors, posting scores of 8-under 135.

6:20 p.m. EDT 
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).

4:30 p.m. EDT

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 match play.

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.

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