Arp, Kim share early North & South lead
Colorado State’s Riley Arp and Michigan’s Lion Kim shot 3-under 68 Tuesday to share medalist honors in stroke-play qualifying for the North & South Amateur at Pinehurst’s No. 2 course.
Arp finished second to teammate Zahkai Brown in the Colorado Public Links Championship on Sunday. Arp was even par through 15 holes Tuesday before finishing eagle-birdie-par. Arp’s eagle came on the 525-yard, par-5 16th hole.
Kim had an eagle on the 568-yard, par-5 fourth hole and four other birdies. Earlier this year, he helped Michigan reach the semifinals of the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship. Kim clinched the Wolverines’ quarterfinal victory over USC by hitting a hybrid within inches of Inverness’ 17th hole to close out Matt Giles, 2 and 1.
Indiana’s David Erdy, the youngest participant in this year’s U.S. Open, shot 69 to tie for third with Christopher Carlin and Ravi Patel.
Payne Stewart’s son, Aaron, shot 83.
The North & South has a new format for this year’s Championship. The 30 highest-ranked players in the field were exempt into match play. Tuesday’s stroke-play round determined the 34 other players who would complete the match-play field.