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Alex Miceli
Mike McCoy during the 2014 U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Mike McCoy during the 2014 U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Mike McCoy believed he had made it through to the match-play portion of the U.S. Amateur, but he did not feel victorious after being informed that he was disqualified for signing a wrong scorecard.

McCoy, 51, was the second-oldest winner of the Mid-Amateur last fall at the Country Club of Birmingham in Alabama and this week at Atlanta Athletic Club was playing in his 40th USGA championship. But on Tuesday, he acted more like a rookie. McCoy shot 74, but mistakenly signed for 73. The 74 would have been good enough ...

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Nick Masuda
Lee McCoy's birdie putt on the par-4 9th hole on the Highlands course settled on the lip, leaving the Georgia junior in a tie for medalist honors.
Lee McCoy's birdie putt on the par-4 9th hole on the Highlands course settled on the lip, leaving the Georgia junior in a tie for medalist honors.

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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 ...

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Jeff Babineau
Nathan Smith during the 2014 U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Nathan Smith during the 2014 U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – When a golfer plays multiple days and misses by a single shot, it can sting for a while (just ask Phil Mickelson, Sunday’s runner-up at the PGA Championship). But there also are days you clear the sweat from your brow, sit the hat high atop your head, glare back at a big brawny golf course you just took on, and know in your heart you did pretty much everything you could.

Those were the sentiments pulsating through the veins of Pennsylvanian Nathan Smith, the four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion who was competing against the young bucks ...

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Nick Masuda
Taylor Moore shared medalist honors with Lee McCoy after firing a 2-under 69 on Tuesday at the U.S. Amateur.
Taylor Moore shared medalist honors with Lee McCoy after firing a 2-under 69 on Tuesday at the U.S. Amateur.

Final scores

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Rod Moore knows what a competitor looks like, having spent 20 years on the bench as a baseball coach at both the collegiate and high-school levels, including tutoring All-Star pitcher Garrett Richards.

But, Tuesday afternoon at the 114th U.S. Amateur, all he had to do was point about 35 feet away to his eldest son, Taylor, to show off what a win-at-all-costs athlete looks like.

"He has the 'it' factor," the elder Moore gushed. "He's got that competitive spirit. It doesn't matter if you are playing him in cards or horse in ...

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Cassie Stein
The closing holes (Nos. 17-18) at Atlanta Athletic Club's Highlands course, which will be used for U.S. Amateur match play set to begin on Wednesday.
The closing holes (Nos. 17-18) at Atlanta Athletic Club's Highlands course, which will be used for U.S. Amateur match play set to begin on Wednesday.

Final scores

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Most people remember Atlanta Athletic Club from the 2011 PGA Championship when Keegan Bradley defeated Jason Dufner in a three-hole aggregate playoff.

But have you ever seen it up close and personal?

The answer is probably not.

The match-play portion of the U.S. Amateur is set to begin Wednesday, with the top 64 players from stroke play advancing. Take a look and see what the players will be facing down the stretch to win the ultimate amateur prize in amateur golf – the Havemeyer Trophy:

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Hole 10: Par 4, 442 yards

A straightforward par 4 ...

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Adam Schupak
Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech says he's feeling pressure to win the 2014 U.S. Amateur at his hometown Atlanta Athletic Club.
Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech says he's feeling pressure to win the 2014 U.S. Amateur at his hometown Atlanta Athletic Club.

Final scores

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – His swagger returned on the back nine. In danger of missing match play after opening with 73, Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans reeled off four straight birdies to shoot a 3-under 69 in the second round of stroke-play qualifying Tuesday and advance to the 64-man match-play portion of the 114th U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club. The pressure was enough to keep Schniederjans, the World No.1 amateur, awake for half the night.

“I still have the mentality that I’m supposed to win this tournament,” he said. “I’m the No. 1 player ...

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August 12, 2014 | 4:09 p.m.

Taylor Moore takes lead at 2014 U.S. Amateur

Nick Masuda
Taylor Moore shared medalist honors with Lee McCoy after firing a 2-under 69 on Tuesday at the U.S. Amateur.
Taylor Moore shared medalist honors with Lee McCoy after firing a 2-under 69 on Tuesday at the U.S. Amateur.

Final scores

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Taylor Moore has scared plenty of leaderboards over the past two years.

On Tuesday at Atlanta Athletic Club, a leaderboard finally blinked – and the Arkansas junior was there to take full advantage.

Moore struggled through his first 12 holes in the final round of stroke play at the 114th U.S. Amateur, going 2 over and falling out of the overnight lead he shared at 6 under. Playing the "tougher" Highlands course, Moore finally found his groove on the par-5 fifth hole with a birdie and then ran off two more, concluding his round with ...

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Cassie Stein
Taylor Funk, son of PGA Tour winner Fred Funk, advanced to match play at the U.S. Amateur behind a 4-under 68 on Tuesday at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Taylor Funk, son of PGA Tour winner Fred Funk, advanced to match play at the U.S. Amateur behind a 4-under 68 on Tuesday at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Final scores

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – It runs in the family.

Taylor Funk, son of eight-time PGA Tour winner Fred Funk, advanced to Wednesday’s Round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur after a 4-under 68 during the final round of stroke play qualifying.

After making the turn at even par for the day – 1 over for the tournament – Funk brought the heat on the back nine, running off four birdies on the 7,381-yard, par-72 Riverside course at Atlanta Athletic Club.

“It was a pretty solid day,” Taylor said. “My putting, actually all of my short game, was really ...

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Nick Masuda
The third hole of The Olympic Club's Lake Course in San Francisco.
The third hole of The Olympic Club's Lake Course in San Francisco.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A total of 2,234 teams have signed up for the USGA's inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, the USGA announced Tuesday morning.

Replacing the U.S. Amateur Public Links in 2014, the two-man team event will be played May 2-6 on Olympic's Lake and Ocean courses.

“We are pleased that nearly 4,500 players will compete in qualifying for the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship,” Daniel B. Burton, the USGA's vice president and Championship Committee chairman, said in a news release. “The four-ball format is ...

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Adam Schupak
Ollie Schniederjans shot a 2-over 73 in the first round at the 2014 U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club's Highlands course.
Ollie Schniederjans shot a 2-over 73 in the first round at the 2014 U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club's Highlands course.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Ollie Schniederjans, the world’s top-ranked amateur, could be in a world of trouble after opening with a 2-over 73 in the first round of stroke-play qualifying at the 114th U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Schniederjans, a senior at nearby Georgia Tech, is playing in his first amateur event since vaulting to No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking in June. He hasn’t competed since the European Tour’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

“I was a little bit rusty,” Schniederjans said. “I didn’t play like myself. I didn’t put my ...

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Nick Masuda
Jimmy Beck posted a 65 on Monday at the 2014 U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Jimmy Beck posted a 65 on Monday at the 2014 U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – One is a brash, confident 17-year-old who has made plenty of headlines as a standout junior golfer. The other is a short-game whiz who has mainly gone unnoticed while playing for one of the best mid-major colleges in the country.

That's the beauty of the U.S. Amateur – any of the 312 players start one of amateur golf's most grueling test with dreams of lifting the Havemeyer Trophy, whether they are a 13-year-old like Will Thomson (read more here) or a grizzled veteran such as John Pate.

On Monday at the Atlanta Athletic Club, where ...

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Cassie Stein
Jonathan Garrick during the 2014 U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club Highlands Course.
Jonathan Garrick during the 2014 U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club Highlands Course.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – If anyone is overdue for a victory, it's Jonathan Garrick.

Last week, the UCLA junior lost in a playoff at the Canadian Amateur after being in contention for all 72 holes. In March, the then-19-year-old took on Patrick Rodgers at one of college golf’s most prestigious events, the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, coming up just short of claiming his first collegiate victory.

Garrick is in no rush. He knows it simply is a matter of time.

“I’m just going to keep putting myself in that position (at the top of the leaderboard) with good ...

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Cassie Stein
Australian Taylor Macdonald during the first round of the U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Australian Taylor Macdonald during the first round of the U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – When you know your strengths, play to them.

That’s how Australian Taylor Macdonald is going about his four-week business trip in the United States.

Just as the 112th Western Amateur at The Beverly two week ago, Atlanta Athletic Club’s two golf courses this week for the U.S. Amateur (one is a companion course for stroke play) are for long and straight drivers of the ball, and Macdonald believes that plays to his strengths.

Besides the long ball, Macdonald and Golf Australia National team coach Tony Meyer have been working on his confidence.

“I go ...

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Adam Schupak
Will Thomson, 13, became the youngest player to play in the U.S. Amateur on Monday. He shot a 5-over 77.
Will Thomson, 13, became the youngest player to play in the U.S. Amateur on Monday. He shot a 5-over 77.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Will Thomson’s smile revealed a mouthful of metal. He’s 13, so what did you expect?

The braces, which have been straightening his pearly whites for about a year, are coming off in October. The training wheels on Thomson’s game are long gone.

Last month, Thomson, a native of Pittsford, N.Y., became the youngest U.S. Amateur qualifier. The 66 in his second qualifying round set a personal best. Just last week he lowered that figure to 64 in defending his title at the New York State Boys Amateur (by a whopping 21 strokes ...

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Nick Masuda
Cheng-Tsung Pan during the first round of the U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Cheng-Tsung Pan during the first round of the U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Three hundred twelve players. 64 spots. The race for match play at one of the most grueling tests in golf, the 114th U.S. Amateur, kicked off Monday at the Atlanta Athletic Club – with the normal suspects making their presence felt immediately.

As the morning wave finished their collective rounds at both the Highlands and Riverside courses at the site of the 2011 PGA Championship, collegiate All-Americans Robby Shelton, Cheng-Tsung Pan and Denny McCarthy all trailed clubhouse leader and former Georgia standout Lee McCoy (5-under 72) by two shots.

Will Zalatoris, the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur ...

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