Sugar Grove, Illinois (August 4, 2015) – Two 19-year-olds tied the competitive course record Tuesday at Rich Harvest Farms when they shot 5-under par 67s in the opening round of the 113th Western Amateur in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
On a perfect, high-sky, low-wind, summer day, Dawson Armstrong, of Nashville, and Jose Mendez, of Costa Rica, tied the course record held jointly by Michael Thompson (2007), Corey Conners (2012) and Greg Eason (2013).
“Today was target golf and it worked,” said Armstrong, a sophomore at Lipscomb University, a Division I school in Nashville. “I really didn’t hit it that great, just played steady golf, kept it in play. I knew where to miss it today, and I missed it in the right spots.”
Mendez, a junior at Minnesota, where he was All-Big Ten in 2015, also shot 5-under despite a bogey on his opening hole.
“I felt really good out there today, really comfortable,” Mendez said. “I started off with a bogey on the first hole. Hit a good shot but just got a bad bounce. I adjusted quickly and just got back to my game plan.”
Humphrey called his play “nothing special, but it was a good, solid round.”
Funk, the son of PGA TOUR veteran Fred Funk, recently won the Southern Amateur.
“This is an excellent field, arguably the best amateur field of the year so far,” Miller said. “I’m here scouting.”
“We’re going to announce more than half the [10-man] team next week.
Gavin Hall and Charlie Danielson, who play for Texas and Illinois, respectively, both shot 2-under and are in a group of five tied for seventh place.
Joining Niebrugge at 1-under were two other highly-ranked players, Robby Shelton and Matthew NeSmith. Daniel Stringfellow, a Chicago area native who plays at Auburn, also finished at 1-under.
In addition to Hossler and Hardy, others at 1-over include reigning U.S. Amateur champion Gunn Yang; Australian Lucas Herbert, a 2014 Sweet 16 qualifier, and Tee-k Kelly, a Chicago area product who plays for Ohio State.
On Wednesday, the field will play 18 more holes after which the number of contestants will be cut to the low 44 and ties. The survivors will play 36 holes on Thursday when the field will be reduced to 16 for match play, which commences on Friday and concludes on Saturday afternoon.