Champ overpowers Prairie Dunes, Wood, Burrows, Eckroat in contention at Trans-Miss

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Texas A&M senior Cameron Champ shot a brilliant 5-under-par 65 on Wednesday and leads the 114th Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship by one shot at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

The good news-bad news scenario for the rest of the field is Champ’s margin could’ve been three shots wider.

“I really played the same way today as I played yesterday,” said Champ, one of only two amateurs to make the cut at the U.S. Open in June. “Yesterday I just made a triple (bogey). Today I kept it in the fairway, only missed two greens. My only bogey was a three-putt.”

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The 22-year-old from Sacramento, Calif., has been working with noted swing instructor Sean Foley for about seven years. Champ finished T32 at Erin Hills and led the field in driving distance in the first round at a staggering 349.5 yards. His ball speed has been tracked at 198 mph. To put that into perspective, Brandon Hagy leads the PGA Tour in that category this season at 186.31 mph. Dustin Johnson’s ball speed averages 181.4 mph.

“He absolutely crushes it,” said Texas A&M Men’s Golf Coach T.J. Higgins. “He has such a rare combination of incredible power and accuracy. He hits it straighter than any big hitter I’ve ever seen. He not only hits it long, but straight which gives him a lot of opportunities to score well. He is really developing both physically and emotionally as a player. It’s really fun to see him come into his own this year.”

A shot behind the big-hitting Champ are Stoney Crouch, a recent graduate from Nashville’s Lipscomb University who lead after the first round, and Franklin Huang, a senior at Stanford. They’re tied for second place at 4-under 136. Born and raised in Mount Juliet, Tenn., Crouch answered his 3-under 67 in the opening round with a 1-under 69 on Wednesday. Huang, who hails from Poway, Calif., matched Champ’s low score of the second round with a 5-under 65.

Lurking in fourth place is the 112th Trans-Miss Amateur winner Collin Morikawa from La Cañada Flintridge, Calif. The Cal-Berkeley junior was a First-Team All-American in 2016-17 and won this championship in 2015 at nearby Flint Hills National. Through two rounds, Morikawa has posted 70-68 for 2-under 138.

After back-to-back 70s, Oklahoma State junior Hayden Wood from Edmond, Okla., holds fifth place at even-par 170. A total of 15 players are within seven shots of Champ on the eve of the Trans Miss Amateur’s 36-hole finale. Two of those are Cody Burrows of Chickasha and Oral Roberts and Austin Eckroat of Edmond and Oklahoma State, who both shot second-round 68s to pull into contention.

Sixty-five players made the 36-hole cut at 8-over 148 or better.


EYE ON MID-AMS: Amateurs aged 25 years and older play in the Mid-Amateur category. They’re an important component of the amateur game, as most of them balance some kind of business career with their passion for competitive golf. With busy lives and often families at home, mid-ams play for the love of the game.

Each year the Trans-Miss Amateur recognizes the Low Mid-Am finisher at the completion of 72 holes. At this year’s 114th playing of the championship, there were 15 mid-ams in the field, including 2017 U.S. Senior Open Low Amateur Robert Funk (who also won the 2006 Trans-Miss), 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Stewart Hagestad and 2013 U.S. Mid-Am winner Mike McCoy, who won the 2000 and ’08 Trans-Miss titles.

Hagestad, who also earned Low Am honors at this year’s Masters, and Draegan Majors from Tulsa, Okla., were the lone mid-ams to survive the 36-hole cut. Hagestad, from Newport Beach, Calif., has posted 74-70 for 4-over 144. He’s T25 overall. Majors recorded rounds of 76-71 (7-over 147). He’s T46 for the championship.

114th Trans-Miss Amateur Championship

Prairie Dunes Country Club

Hutchinson, Kan.

July 12, 2017


Cameron Champ, Sacramento, Calif. – 70-65–135

Stoney Crouch, Mt. Juliet , Tenn. – 67-69–136

Franklin Huang, Poway, Calif. – 71-65–136

Collin Morikawa, La Canada, Calif. – 70-68–138

Hayden Wood, Edmond, Okla. – 70-70–140

Spencer Soosman, W. Village, Calif. – 70-7–141

Ruben Sondjaja, Ames, Iowa – 72-69–141

Jamie Cheatham, Rancho St Fe, Calif. – 70-71–141

Tyler Strafaci, Davie, Fla. – 72-70–142

Jeff Swegle, West Des Moines, Iowa – 70-72–142

Daniel Sutton, Sutton Coldfield, WMD – 69-73–142

Hunter Richardson, Clarksville, Tenn. – 67-75–142

Matt Hutchins, Naples, Fla. – 76-66–142

Matthew Walker, Ottumwa, Iowa – 68-74–142

Chandler Phillips, Huntsville, Texas – 69-73–142

Cody Burrows, Chickasha, Okla. – 74-68–142

Austin Eckroat, Edmond, Okla. – 75-68–143

Douglas Ghim, Arlington Heights, Ill. – 77-66–143

Will Zalatoris, Plano, Texas – 73-70–143

Brandon Wu, Scarsdale, N.Y. – 73-70–143

Isaiah Salinda, South San Fran, Calif. – 72-71–143

Brandon Bauman, Las Vegas, Nev. – 73-70–143

Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas – 73-70–143

Trevor Brown, Austin, Texas – 69-74–143

Blaine Hale, Dallas, Texas – 72-72–144

Luis Gagne, Orlando, Fla. – 75-69–144

Kiran Day, Perth, WAU – 72-72–144

Matthew Perrine, Austin, Texas – 72-72–144

Jake Fendt, Suwanee, Ga. – 74-70–144

Denzel Ieremia, Ames, Iowa – 76-68–144

Garrick Higgo, Stellenbosch, WC – 75-69–144

Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, CA – 74-70–144

Chris Nido, Miami, Fla. – 74-70–144

Gray Townsend, Winston Salem, N.C. – 73-71–144

Sulman Raza, Eugene, Ore. – 70-75–145

Sean Carlon, Albuquerque, N.M. – 74-71–145

Yechun (Carl) Yuan, Lake Mary, Fla. – 75-70–145

Benjamin Shipp, Duluth, Ga. – 75-70–145

Kaiwen Liu, San Diego, Calif. – 74-71–145

Wes Artac, Kingwood, Texas – 74-71–145

Stratton Nolen, Austin, Texas – 75-70–145

Cameron Young, Scarborough, N.Y. – 72-73–145

Daniel Wetterich, Cincinnati, Ohio – 77-69–146

Ben Albin, Santa Fe, N.M. – 75-71–146

Reese Ramsey, Austin, Texas – 71-75–146

Eric Ansett, Spokane, Wash. – 73-74–147

Garrett May, Hope, Ark. – 72-75–147

Rylee Reinertson, Gibbon, Neb. – 73-74–147

Austin Squires, Union, Ky. – 75-72–147

Kyle Michel, Kialla, VIC – 75-72–147

Draegen Majors, Tulsa, Okla. – 76-71–147

Peter Kuest Jr, Fresno, Calif. – 73-74–147

Philip Barbaree, Shreveport, La. – 74-74–148

Lawren Rowe, Victoria, BC – 74-74–148

Daniel Gale, Castle Hill, NSW – 71-77–148

Andrew Alligood, Saint Johns, Fla. – 75-73–148

Jake Staiano, Cherry Hills Vill., Colo. – 75-73–148

James Anstiss, Hammond, La. – 73-75–148

Dylan Perry, Aberdeen, NSW – 74-74–148

Daniel Connolly, San Francisco, Calif. – 77-71–148

Alex Springer, Olathe, Kan. – 72-76–148

Andy Spencer, Prairie Village, Kan. – 70-78–148

Parker Coody, Plano, Texas – 73-75–148

Tanner Hughes, Livermore, Calif. – 71-77–148

Wells Padgett, Wichita, Kan. – 75-73—148

—————-MISSED THE CUT———————

Adam Wood, Zionsville, Ind. – 73-76–149

Clayton Feagler, Laguna Niguel, Calif. – 75-74–149

Hayden Buckley, Belden, Miss. – 73-76–149

Jacob Bergeron, Slidell, La. – 76-73–149

Derek Hitchner, Minneapolis, Minn. – 71-78–149

Tyson Reeder, Edmond, Okla. – 76-73–149

Hugo Bernard, Mont Saint Hilaire, QC – 78-71–149

Cooper Dossey, Austin, Texas – 74-76–150

Broc Everett, West Des Moines, Iowa – 77-73–150

Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas – 73-77–150

Scott Stevens, Chattanooga, Tenn. – 72-78–150

Frank Garber, Kirkland, Wash. – 75-75–150

Daniel Hudson, Western Springs, Ill. – 72-78–150

James Grierson, Sydney, NSW – 77-73–150

Sam Stevens, Witchita, Kan. – 80-70–150

Tanner Napier, Paris, Texas – 73-77–150

Ryan Grider, Lewisville, Texas – 74-76–150

Ben Sigel, Deephaven, Minn. – 72-78–150

Nick Voke, Ames, Iowa – 76-74–150

Tanner Gore, El Paso, Texas – 81-69–150

Zachary Sokolosky, Wichita, Kan. – 73-77–150

Jake Marriott, Augusta , Ga. – 75-76–151

Rhett Rasmussen, Draper, Utah – 75-76–151

Derek Bard, New Hartford, N.Y. – 72-79–151

Davis Shore, Knoxville, Tenn. – 77-74–151

Chase Hanna, Leawood, Kan. – 75-76–151

Matthew Wolff, Agoura Hills, Calif. – 77-74–151

Hunter Shattuck, Waco, Texas – 79-72–151

Riley Johnson, Fargo, N.D. – 78-73–151

Brian Ohr, Wheeling, Ill. – 74-77–151

Shuai Ming Wong, Spring, Texas – 75-76–151

Derek Busby, Ruston, La. – 73-78–151

Trevor Ullestad, Jewell, Iowa – 73-78–151

Tyler Gray, Huntingburg, Ind. – 77-74–151

Brendon Jelley, Tulsa, Okla. – 75-77–152

Joshua Martin, Pinehurst, N.C. – 81-71–152

Cameron John, Melbourne, VIC – 79-73–152

Gene Elliott, West Des Moines, Iowa – 77-75–152

Patrick Cover, Huntersville, N.C. – 73-79–152

Aaron Hickman, Tyler, Texas – 76-76–152

Yuxin Lin, Beijing, BEI – 76-76–152

Austin James, Bath, ON – 79-73–152

Clancy Waugh, North Palm Beach, Fla. – 76-76–152

Turner MacLean, Fort Worth, Texas – 80-72–152

James Clark, Fortson, Ga. – 75-78–153

Sebastian Crampton, Pacific Grove, CA – 73-80–153

Cole Nygren, San Luis Obispo, Calif. – 78-75–153

Jeff Bell, Overland Park, Kan. – 79-74–153

Andrew Kozan, West Palm Beach, Fla. – 76-78–154

Mason Nome, Houston, Texas – 82-72–154

Roy Cootes, Rolling Hills, Calif. – 74-81–155

Mike McCoy, Des Moines, Iowa – 80-75–155

Chris Parra, Dallas, Texas – 78-77–155

Jordan Hahn, Spring Grove, Ill. – 72-83–155

Spencer Painton, Aurora, Colo. – 73-82–155

Kyler Dunkle, Parker, Colo. – 78-77–155

Robert Funk, Canyon Lake, Calif. – 77-79–156

Zach Smith, Goleta, Calif. – 82-74–156

Joo-Young Lee, Dekalb, Ill. – 85-71–156

Will Strauss, La Jolla, Calif. – 77-79–156

Samuel Kim, Irvine, Calif. – 77-80–157

Charles Kim, Fayetteville, Ark. – 80-77–157

Kyle Sterbinsky, Yardley, Pa. – 82-75–157

Matthew Cheung, Okla. City, OK – 76-81–157

Jordan Roberts, Manhattan, Kan. – 81-77–158

Ryan Gerard, Raleigh, N.C. – 79-79–158

Jay Reynolds, Austin, Texas – 80-80–160

Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher, Okla. – 84-76–160

Carson Cavner, Jupiter, Fla. – 84-77–161

Josh Seiple, Castle Rock, Colo. – 85-77–162

Sean Griswold, Durango, Colo. – 85-78–163

Charlie Netzel, Western Springs, Ill. – 77-87–164

Bradley Lane, Lawrence, Kan. – 87-77–164

Nick Heinen, Edmond, Okla. – 83-84–167

Tj Vilkanskas, Manhattan, Kan. – 86-82–168

Blake Vinson, Fort Worth, Texas – 84-WD

Andrew McCain, Saint Paul, Minn. – WD

Jacob Huizinga, Orlando, Fla. – WD

Frankie Capan, North Oaks, Minn. – WD


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