U.S. Amateur playing tough on Day 1
TULSA, Okla. – While 50-year-old Tim Jackson of Germantown, Tenn., was setting the front-running pace with his 2-under 68 Monday on the opening day of stroke play qualifying at the U.S. Amateur, a number of notable players went in the opposite direction.
Jackson’s round was posted at Southern Hills, which played slightly tougher than the second qualifying course, Cedar Ridge Country Club. Both are par 70.
For instance, Canada’s Nick Taylor, a first-team All-America as a junior at Washington last season, low amateur at this year’s U.S. Open and runner-up last month at the U.S. Amateur Public Links, struggled in with a 10-over 80 at Southern Hills.
Kevin Foley, who won Sunnehanna in June, also shot 80 (at Cedar Creek), while Sam Saunders and recently named U.S. Walker Cup player Brendan Gielow had 81s. Saunders played Southern Hills and Gielow Cedar Creek.
Patrick Reed, a semifinalist at last year’s U.S. Amateur and a semifinalist earlier this month at the Western Amateur, played Southern Hills in 14-over 84.
High score of the day came from Brad Leeper or Arlington, Texas, who shot 93 at Southern Hills.
Bottom line, these are two tough golf courses!