TULSA, Okla. – Grayson Murray will have at least one lasting memory to take home to Raleigh, N.C., from his first U.S. Amateur Championship.
For the 15-year-old high school sophomore, it will be one single shot from the combined 156 which he took Monday and Tuesday during the 36 holes of stroke play qualifying at Southern Hills Country Club and Cedar Ridge Country Club.
After an opening round of 12-over 82 at Southern Hills, Murray highlighted his 4-over 74 at Cedar Ridge by scoring a hole-in-one at the 195-yard sixth hole.
“I was playing so badly. I mean, I knew I was way out of (making the 64-player match play field),” said Murray. “I was just trying to stay out of my playing partners’ way.
“The pin was tucked behind the water and my caddie said to just go for it, that I play better when I go for it. So I hit a choke-down 5-iron. It hit the slope and rolled down and just kind of trickled in. I was pretty excited,” Murray said.
It was the 16th ace at the U.S. Amateur since 1993. The last was made by Shawn Jasper in 2005 during the first round of match play at the 13th hole at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.