McGreevy leads Junior Am; Hossler, Barrett struggle
STRATHAM, N.H. -- Only seven players managed to break par during the first round of the U.S. Junior Amateur on Monday at the par-72 Golf Club of New England, with 17-year-old Max McGreevy leading the way with a 4-under 68 to take a two-shot lead over four others.
McGreevy, of Oklahoma City, had six birdies and two bogeys en route to his lead.
“I’ve never been east and I’ve never played in a USGA championship, so I didn’t know what to expect,” said McGreevy, a soon-to-be junior at Edmond Santa Fe High School and the 2012 Oklahoma 6A High School individual champion.
“I haven’t played in a ton of big tournaments, so I didn’t have any goals, except to make match play.”
Joshua Lee (Orange Park, Fla.), Jim Liu (Smithtown, N.Y.), Nicolas Echavarria (Colombia) and Andrew Bonner (Ripon, Calif.) all shot 2-under 70, while Andrej Bevins (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Tom Swanson (Missoula, Mont.) carded a pair of 1-under 71s.
Andy Zhang - the youngest golfer to ever play at the U.S. Open at 14 - fired a 2-over 74 and is T-31 heading into Tuesday's second round of stroke play.
A pair of favorites will have to do a lot of work on Tuesday to move up the leaderboard, as Beau Hossler - who led the 2012 U.S. Open for a short time during the second round - is T-83 after a 5-over 77 and Chelso Barrett, last year's runner-up at the Junior Am, was one worse with a 6-over 78. Neither Hossler nor Barrett had a birdie in their respective rounds, with Barrett done in by a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 7th hole.
The low 64 scorers after two rounds of stroke play advance to the match-play portion of the championship, set to begin on Wednesday morning.
- USGA.org contributed to this report