McCoy, Moore share medalist honors at U.S. Am
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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Lee McCoy nearly forgot that he even had a Twitter account, having checked it only two times.
The Georgia junior might want to turn on his notifications tonight, as he's likely got a few "Go Dawgs!" and friend requests after he posted a 3-under 68 Tuesday at the U.S. Amateur, finishing stroke play at 8 under to share medalist honors with Taylor Moore of SEC-rival Arkansas.
"My phone was blowing up last night (with text messages)," said McCoy, ranked No. 18 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings and No. 56 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
PHOTOS: 2014 U.S. Amateur (Tuesday)
View images from Tuesday's stroke play on both the Highlands Course and Riverside Course at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Playing in Georgia Tech's backyard, McCoy was also happy that he didn't hear any "Go Jackets" as he toured around Atlanta Athletic Club's Highlands course.
McCoy came into this week feeling better about his game, finishing eighth at last week's Canadian Amateur and spending time with coach Mike McCall working on his putting.
"I knew I had the game to do it this week," said McCoy, who birdied Nos. 6-7 to vault into a tie for the lead, with birdies at Nos. 8 and 9 settling inches away.
"My biggest struggle has always been putting, spent the entire first half of this summer working on that. I'd play and then putt; I didn't hit golf balls."
Both McCoy and Moore found their groove during stroke play, lapping the field by three shots, with Cheng-Tsung Pan, Jimmy Beck, Sam Burns, Jonathan Garrick and Will Zalatoris tying for third at 5 under. The field might have an advantage heading into match play, as the last medalist to win the Havemeyer Trophy was Ryan Moore in 2004.
"For match play, the position probably doesn't matter as much. We all start a new match. We all start from zero, so everyone has a chance and you've just got to play well," said Pan after a 2-under 70.
Burns continued a solid run of play after winning the Junior PGA Championship two weeks ago in Texas, using seven birdies and a single bogey for a 6-under 66, the best round of the day in the field of 312 players.
"I knew I could come out here and attack. I knew this course (Riverside) was a little bit easier than the Highlands, so I felt like the way I was hitting it, I could put myself in good position to make some putts and I did that," said Burns.
The field of 64 is not quite set, as the remainder of the field will be determined on Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. Seventeen players will vie for the last four spots in the field. Included in the playoff are Nathan Smith, Jack Maguire, Austin Connelly and Garrett Rank.
There were a handful of big names that won't be hanging around for match play, including Virginia Tech's Scott Vincent (3 over), Stanford's Maverick McNealy (3 over), Texas standout Gavin Hall (4 over), junior standout Will Grimmer (4 over), SMU's Austin Smotherman (6 over), U.S. Junior amateur runner-up Davis Riley and former GB&I Walker Cupper Rhys Pugh (8 over).