Andrews fires course-record 63 at U.S. Amateur
BROOKLINE, Mass. – Georgia Tech's Bo Andrews shot a course-record 7-under 63 at Charles River Country Club during the second round of stroke play at the U.S. Amateur on Tuesday morning.
After a bogey on his opening hole, Andrews went on to make eight birdies. It is the sixth time 63 or lower has been posted at the U.S. Amateur.
"When I came over here today, I didn't have a score in mind," said Andrews, playing in his first USGA Championship. "I knew that if I played my game, I would be OK. I didn't know I had the course record until someone came over and told me.
"I know, though, if you shoot in the low 60s, you have a chance. I am not sure what I am going to do with the ball. If someone from the club comes over and asks me for it, I will give it to them. I might bring it back to school and put it in the case."
Andrews, 23, a fifth-year senior from Raleigh, N.C., is one of six Georgia Tech players in the field.
"It is really neat to have that many of my teammates here," said Andrews, who was runner-up in the Northeast Amateur and tied for fourth at the Sahalee Players this summer. "It is a tribute to the coaches ... the courses we play on ... the type of mental and physical preparation we have. I am grateful I played at Georgia Tech."
Now moving into match play, Andrews knows the tournament will change a bit.
"I have had some experience lately as I played in two matches in the NCAAs," said Andrews, whose Georgia Tech team lost to eventual-champion Alabama in the NCAA match-play semifinals. "It's different than medal play as each shot means a little more. It makes it more exciting. But, if I just play my game, I will be OK."
Meanwhile, Stewart Jolly of Birmingham, Ala., made seven birdies en route to a 5-under 65 at Charles River.
Jolly, who sits T-12 (1 under) after a 74 on Monday at The Country Club, is playing in his second amateur. He qualified for the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills, but did not advance to match play.
“I am really excited to make it to match play,” said Jolly, an LSU junior. “I need to keep it in fairways and hit greens.”
Justin Shin of Hamilton, Ontario, is continuing his good play in recent weeks and fired a 4-under 66 at Charles River. He was tied for third.
Shin finished T-3 at the Porter Cup in July and was T-15 at the Canadian Amateur last week.
He is playing in his third consecutive U.S. Amateur. Last year, Shin advanced to the Round of 32 at Cherry Hills.
At the Country Club, Charlie Hughes, a recent Washington graduate, finished with a 2-under 68 and will advance to match play for the second time. The Burnaby, British Columbia, native tamed the 7,310-yard course with three birdies and a bogey.
“It was nice to play a good round out here,” Hughes said. “The goal was to get into match play.”