Dalke rips off 67 in first round of U.S. Amateur Championship

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Brad Dalke shot a 3-under 67 on the No. 4 Course at Pinehurst Resort and was tied for fourth after the first round of stroke play in the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship. Dalke, who finished his career at Oklahoma in the spring, was the 2016 runnerup in the Amateur.

That was the best of 11 players with local ties on Day One. Quade Cummins of OU shot 1-under 69 on No. 4. Tyson Reeder of Edmond and Arkansas shot 1-over 71 on No. 4, as did OU’s Blaine Hale. Austin Eckroat of OSU shot 2-over 72 on the No. 2 Course, where scores were higher.

The field will be cut to the low 64 and ties after today’s second round. Needing special rounds today will be Oklahoma Christian’s Andres Brictson, who shot 73 on No. 4, OSU’s Aman Gupta (74 on No. 2), McCain Schellhardt of Edmond and UMKC (77 on No. 2), Brian Stark of OSU (78 on No.2), Rayhan Thomas of OSU (80 on No. 2) and Rasmus Neerdgaard-Petersen (80) on No. 2).

The first-round lead was held by Brandon Wu, 22,  of Scardsale, N.Y., who shot 5-under-par 65 on No. 4.

Wu, who received his Stanford University diploma behind the 18th green at Pebble Beach after finishing in a tie for 35th place in the 2019 U.S. Open, set the competitive course record on Course No. 4, which reopened in 2018 after a renovation by Gil Hanse. Wu holds a one-stroke lead over Trevor Werbylo, 21, of Tucson, Ariz., a junior at the University of Arizona, and Palmer Jackson, 18, of Murrysville, Pa., an incoming freshman at the University of Notre Dame, who both shot 4-under 66.

Dalke was among four players at 3-under 67. The best scores on Course No. 2 were 2-under 68s by William Walker III, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Van Holmgren, of Plymouth, Minn.; and Julien Sale, of France. That 2-under total was matched by eight players on Course No. 4, including 2018 semifinalist Isaiah Salinda, of South San Francisco, Calif., who like Wu graduated from Stanford this spring.

At a 77.06 stroke average through the Day 1 of stroke play, Pinehurst No. 2 is playing more than 7 strokes over its par of 70. The courses with the highest stroke-play average to par for 36 holes in recent U.S. Amateurs are: Chambers Bay, 2010, 8.25 over par (79.25); Southern Hills, 2009, 7.62 over par (77.62); The Olympic Club, 2007, 7.36 over par (77.36). Pinehurst No. 2 would rank as the fourth-toughest in recent U.S. Amateurs.


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