Daniel Hillier, of New Zealand, shot 4-under-par 67 at Pebble Beach Golf Links, a round highlighted by an eagle 3 on the 14th hole, for the best score of the day on Monday in the first round of stroke play of the 118th U.S. Amateur Championship.
Hillier, 19, a two-time New Zealand Amateur champion, made five birdies and holed a 110-yard shot for eagle on the 581-yard, par-5 14th hole. His 67 was one stroke better than two players, Trevor Phillips, of Inman, S.C., and Isaiah Salinda, of South San Francisco, Calif.
Phillips, 20, who is entering his junior year at the University of Georgia, made six birdies in carding the day’s best score on stroke-play co-host Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Salinda, 21, a senior at Stanford University, also made one of the day’s eagles, with his coming on the par-5 sixth hole at Pebble Beach, where he hit a 6-iron second shot to 25 feet and made the putt.
It was a day of mixed results for the Oklahoma contingent, which was led by Oklahoma State’s Zach Bauchou, who was tied for 12th after shooting 1-under 71 at Pebble Beach.
Hayden Wood of Edmond and OSU shot even-par 71 at Spyglass Hill and was tied for 28th with teammate Viktor Hovland, who had the same score on the same course.
Brad Dalke of Norman and the University of Oklahoma shot 73 at Pebble Beach and was tied for 43rd. Mason Overstreet of Kingfisher and the University of Arkansas shot 74 at Spyglass Hill and was tied for 104th with Oklahoma’s Garett Reband, who shot a 3-over 75 at Pebble Beach, as did Quade Cummins of Weatherford and OU.
Austin Eckroat of Edmond and OSU shot a 4-over 75 at Spyglass Hill and is tied for 138th. Patrick Welch, an incoming freshman at OU, shot 78 at Pebble Beach and is tied for 202nd.
Only the top 64 after today’s second round of stroke play will qualify for match play. Live scoring can be followed here.