(Featured images courtesy the Riviera Country Club. Tournament information courtesy USGA)

(Updated with second round results)

Update

In short, Will and Caden failed to make the 64 player cut yesterday. Will’s two round score of 73-76-149 (+9) and Caden’s 73-78-151 (+11) were several strokes over the cut line of 144 (+4).

During the 2nd round, Will began with a front nine of 38 (3 bogeys, 1 birdie) and closed out his round with a back nine of 38 (+4).  Caden just couldn’t get anything going with front nine of 39 (5 bogeys). He began his back nine with a double bogey on #10, which pretty much sealed the deal for Caden. He did birdie #13, but by that point he was probably just working on his game.

So, what can we make of this? Well, several things…

  • Will and Caden didn’t advance to match play, but they did get to play against quite a few of the best amateur golfers in the world. Any time you can sharpen your game against equal or better players, a lot of good comes of the experience.
  • For the two rounds, the Bel-Air and Riviera courses played to an aggregate average of 149.4 strokes. Will (149 strokes) and Caden (151 strokes) were competitive with the field of 312 players.
  • In about two and a half weeks, the Oho State men’s team begins its season with The Carmel Cup, played at Pebble Beach. Will and Caden got an early glimpse of West Coast golf this week, which should be to their advantage September 1 – 3.

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(Updated with first round results)

Update

The first of two rounds of stroke play are under way to determine the low 64 scores. These 64 players then begin match play, below. Round 1 is in the books and Caden and Will have their work cut out for them.  Caden shot a 73 (+3) at Bel-Air Country Club as Will was also shooting a 73 (+3) at Riviera Country Club. Both Buckeyes sit in T-97 place.

Caden got off to a good start at Bel-Air with -2 through 5 holes. Holes #6 – #8 rocked him in +4 play and he made the turn at +2. A back nine of +1 brought Caden into the clubhouse at 73 (+3).

At Riviera, Will was also  +2 at the turn, but dropped 3 more strokes to par through the 15th hole. Closing birdies on #17 and #18 improved his situation, if not his state of mind, as Will finished with a 73 (+3).

In today’s 2nd round, Will plays Bel-Air while Caden plays Riviera.  To give you a sense of what’s ahead: at the end of round 1, there were 60 players at +1 to par or better. There were an additional 21 players at +2 and 20 players at +3. They need to extricate themselves from the mob at +3 and climb over the group at +2. I think to get to match play, they need to finish both rounds around even par, so both Buckeyes need to shoot 67 – 68 to have a reasonable chance.

I’ll have 2nd round recap later tonight (Tuesday) or Wednesday morning. Go Buckeyes. Thanks for stopping in.

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The 117th U.S. Amateur is contested this week August 14 – 20 at Riviera Country Club with stroke play qualifiers also being conducted at Bel-Air Country Club. Buckeyes Will Grimmer and Caden Orewiler won their sectional qualifiers and will be on the course this week. There are 312 contestants starting play on Monday; after Tuesday’s 2nd round of stroke play, the players with the low 64 scores advance to match play.

As long as Will and/or Caden are in the field, I’ll be doing the round recaps.

Here’s the schedule for the week:

Monday and Tuesday: Stroke play qualification

Wednesday: Round of 64 match play

Thursday: Round of 32 (morning) and Round of 16 (afternoon)

Friday: Quarterfinals (afternoon)

Saturday: Semifinals (morning)

Sunday: Finals (36 holes, morning)

Go Buckeyes!