OSU’s Gupta shares first-round lead in U.S. Amateur, Eckroat shoots 71

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Four days ago, Aman Gupta wasn’t even in the field for the 120th U.S. Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. But when a prominent player withdrew on Friday, a spot suddenly opened up, and the 21-year-old from Concord, N.C., performed like he always knew he belonged among the best amateurs in the world.

The Oklahoma State rising junior, who got into the championship when world No. 2 Ricky Castillo withdrew, carded a bogey-free, 7-under-par 64 on Monday at stroke-play co-host Bandon Trails to share the first-round lead with McClure Meissner.

Meissner, 21, of San Antonio, Texas, and a rising senior at Southern Methodist University, posted an 8-under 64 at Bandon Dunes, which will host all of the matches beginning on Wednesday.

Austin Eckroat of Edmond, with Cowboy coach Alan Bratton serving as his caddie, shot a 71 on Bandon Dunes and is tied for 34th along with Patrick Welch of the University of Oklahoma. Rasmus Neergaard Petersen of OSU shot 73 at Bandon Dunes and is tied for 56th.

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The rest of the players with Oklahoma ties have work to do today to make the 64-man field for match play. Tied for 74th after rounds of 74 are OSU’s Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra and OU’s Jonathan Brightwell and Thomas Johnson. Tied for 126th after rounds of 76 are OU’s Quade Cummins and OSU’s Leo Oyo. OSU’s Jonas Baumgarter is tied for 184th after a 78 and OSU’s Bo Jin is tied for 189th after a 79. Mason Overstreet of Kingfisher is tied for 235th after an 81, OU’s Riley Casey is 251st after an 83 and Logan McAllister of OU is 253rd after an 85.

“I thought I had a very good chance [of getting into the field], and Friday afternoon when [the USGA’s] Robbie Z[alzneck] called me and told me I was in, that was a huge relief,” said Gupta, who was already on-site at Bandon Dunes and had undergone all the COVID-19 testing protocols. “But I still have a tournament to play, so [the preparation] was just the same as normal.”

Gupta’s score shattered the Bandon Trails competitive course record, held by former USA Walker Cup Team member Chris Williams and Kevin Lim, by two shots. Meissner’s score was one off the Bandon Dunes mark owned by Bob Rannow.

Taking advantage of early-morning tee times when the winds were still relatively benign, Gupta made seven birdies over his first nine holes for a nifty 29. He played even-par golf coming home.

“Anyone with a 7:30 [a.m.], 7 [a.m.] tee time definitely has an advantage this week because we didn’t have to deal with hardly any wind until I want to say our 14th hole,” said Gupta, who played his final practice round on Sunday afternoon at Bandon Dunes in winds that gusted 30 to 40 miles per hour. On Monday afternoon, winds were gusting in the 30s. “So it was definitely a big advantage to go in the morning and make some birdies early before the wind started to pick up.”

Meissner, coming off a playoff victory in the Southern Amateur in mid-July when he carded a final-round 66 at Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas, started more than an hour later than Gupta, and although the winds gradually increased during the round, the Texas native never felt uncomfortable. A 15-foot birdie at No. 1 and a clutch 6-foot par save at the second hole provided an early boost for Meissner, and he kept the momentum going. He went out in 4-under 31 and then closed with birdies on three of his last four holes, including a 5-footer on the par-5 finisher.

“I got out there early and made some putts,” said Meissner. “I got off to a hot start and then hit it really well all day. I think I only missed one or two greens. I just gave myself good looks all day. We were fortunate that they moved up a couple [tee] boxes on a couple par threes. They could have made it extremely hard on those holes, but they were nice.

“I was talking to some of the guys in my group today, and I was like, ‘Yeah, in the springtime in Dallas it blows 15, 20, 25, so although I don’t play this [fescue] grass a lot, it feels like a home game for me just because I’m able to kind of be creative. That’s kind of where I excel.”

Another Texan, Travis McInroe, a Baylor University rising senior from McKinney, added a 7-under 65 at Bandon Dunes, while 2020 University of Tennessee graduate Hunter Wolcott, 22, of Dickson, Tenn., joined University of Arkansas rising junior Julian Perico, 20, of Peru, with 67s, the former posting at Bandon Dunes and the latter at Bandon Trails.

NOTABLE

  • Gupta, of Concord, N.C., had the only bogey-free round.
  • Illinois State standout David Perkins, of East Peoria, Ill., played his first 16 holes on Bandon Trails in 4 under, only to bogey No. 17 for a 68, tying him for the best round of the afternoon wave with 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Philip Barbaree.
  • Nick Geyer, of San Diego, Calif., got more than a practice round in on Sunday at Bandon Dunes. The 32-year-old proposed to his girlfriend, Lacey Pelham, on the picturesque 16th hole. She said yes.
  • With some of the tee markers moved up to account for the gusty afternoon playing conditions, Bandon Trails (par 71) measured 6,863 yards, with Bandon Dunes (par 72) measuring 6,958 yards. The tee markers and hole locations will remain the same for Round 2.
  • Oregon State rising senior Spencer Tibbits, of Vancouver, Wash., had the honor of hitting the first ball at Bandon Dunes. He is one of two players with Oregon ties in the field. His OSU teammate, Carson Barry, of Eagle, Idaho, played Bandon Trails on Monday.
  • How important is a good first round in the U.S. Amateur to reaching match play? Over the last five years, 76 percent of the competitors to open stroke play with a sub-70 round have advanced to the Round of 64.
  • Defending champion Andy Ogletree, vying to become the first player to win consecutive U.S. Amateur titles since Tiger Woods (1994-96), opened with a 74 at Bandon Trails, while 2019 runner-up John Augenstein posted a 2-under 70 at Bandon Dunes.
  • Augenstein’s round was the lowest of competitors who played in the 2019 Walker Cup Match at Royal Liverpool. Cole Hammer, the 2019 McCormack Medal winner for being No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking™, shot a 74 at Bandon Trails, one stroke higher than 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Stewart Hagestad. Florida State All-American John Pak had a 75 at Bandon Dunes, while Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup competitors Alex Fitzpatrick and Sandy Scott shot 74 (Bandon Dunes) and 73 (Bandon Trails), respectively.
  • The final four holes at Bandon Trails ranked as four of the five toughest on the course. In order, they ranked 1st (15), 2nd (17), 4th (18) and 5th (16). The par-4 15th played to a stroke average of 4.56.
  • The two courses had nearly the identical stroke averages: 75.58 for Bandon Dunes and 75.60 for Bandon Trails.

Live scoring is here:

BANDON, Ore. – Results from Monday’s first round of stroke play at the 2020 U.S. Amateur Championship, played at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort’s 7,214-yard, par-72 Bandon Dunes course and 6,850-yard, par-71 Bandon Trails course.

BD – Bandon Dunes, BT – Bandon Trails

Aman Gupta, Concord, N.C. 29-35–64 BT

McClure Meissner, San Antonio, Texas 31-33–64 BD

Travis McInroe, McKinney, Texas 31-34–65 BD

Hunter Wolcott, Dickson, Tenn. 32-35–67 BD

Julian Perico, Peru 33-34–67 BT

Ben Shipp, Duluth, Ga. 33-35–68 BT

David Ford, Peachtree Corners, Ga. 33-35–68 BT

David Perkins, East Peoria, Ill. 33-35–68 BT

Joey Vrzich, La Jolla, Calif. 33-35–68 BT

Jonathan Yaun, Minneola, Fla. 34-34–68 BD

Michael Thorbjornsen, Wellesley, Mass. 34-34–68 BT

Philip Barbaree, Shreveport, La. 36-32–68 BT

Segundo Oliva Pinto, Argentina 33-35–68 BT

Alex Schaake, Omaha, Neb. 33-36–69 BD

Andy Lopez, Dallas, Texas 36-33–69 BT

Brayden Garrison, Knoxville, Tenn. 34-35–69 BD

Carson Lundell, Alpine, Utah 32-37–69 BT

Clay Feagler, Laguna Niguel, Calif. 33-36–69 BD

Davis Thompson, St. Simons Island, Ga. 33-36–69 BT

Hugo Townsend, Sweden 34-35–69 BT

Jack Trent, Australia 37-32–69 BD

James Piot, Canton, Mich. 35-34–69 BT

Matthew Sharpstene, Asheville, N.C. 35-34–69 BT

Turk Pettit, Sugar Grove, N.C. 35-34–69 BT

Daniel Rodrigues, Portugal 36-34–70 BD

Davis Lamb, Potomac, Md. 34-36–70 BD

Joe Highsmith, Seattle, Wash. 35-35–70 BD

John Augenstein, Owensboro, Ky. 35-35–70 BD

John Gough, England 34-36–70 BD

Michael Brennan, Leesburg, Va. 35-35–70 BT

Ryan Hall, Knoxville, Tenn. 37-33–70 BD

Spencer Tibbits, Vancouver, Wash. 37-33–70 BD

Travis Vick, Hunters Creek Village, Texas 33-37–70 BD

Wilson Furr, Jackson, Miss. 33-37–70 BD

Adrien Dumont de Chassart, Belgium 34-37–71 BT

Angus Flanagan, England 35-36–71 BD

Austin Eckroat, Edmond, Okla. 37-34–71 BD

Carl Didrik Meen Fosaas, Norway 34-37–71 BD

Ford Clegg, Mountain Brook, Ala. 34-37–71 BD

Jansen Smith, San Angelo, Texas 33-38–71 BT

Kaito Onishi, Japan 36-35–71 BD

Patrick Welch, Providence, R.I. 36-35–71 BD

Preston Summerhays, Scottsdale, Ariz. 34-37–71 BT

Scott Harvey, Kernersville, N.C. 34-37–71 BT

Trent Phillips, Boiling Springs, S.C. 33-38–71 BT

Tyler Strafaci, Davie, Fla. 34-37–71 BT

William Mouw, Chino, Calif. 36-35–71 BD

William Walker III, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 36-35–71 BD

AJ Ott, Fort Collins, Colo. 37-35–72 BT

Alex Vogelsong, Palm City, Fla. 35-37–72 BT

Anders Emil Ejlersen, Denmark 36-36–72 BT

Cooper Dossey, Austin, Texas 37-35–72 BT

Frankie Capan, North Oaks, Minn. 34-38–72 BT

Garrett Rank, Canada 35-37–72 BD

Graysen Huff, Eagle, Idaho 35-37–72 BT

Jose Vega, Colombia 35-37–72 BD

Joseph Pagdin, England 35-37–72 BT

Kelly Chinn, Great Falls, Va. 35-37–72 BD

Logan Lockwood, Van, Texas 34-38–72 BD

Luke Long, Fayetteville, Ark. 36-36–72 BT

Mateo Fernandez de Oliveir, Argentina 38-34–72 BD

Matthew Anderson, Canada 36-36–72 BD

Michael Feagles, Scottsdale, Ariz. 34-38–72 BD

Tripp Kinney, Des Moines, Iowa 37-35–72 BT

Van Holmgren, Plymouth, Minn. 38-34–72 BT

Andi Xu, People’s Republic of China 39-34–73 BT

Andrew Kozan, West Palm Beach, Fla. 36-37–73 BD

Brent Ito, Ardsley, N.Y. 35-38–73 BD

David Snyder, McAllen, Texas 37-36–73 BT

Eddy Lai, San Jose, Calif. 33-40–73 BD

Evan Katz, Washington, D.C. 34-39–73 BT

Harrison Ott, Brookfield, Wis. 36-37–73 BD

Hunter Ostrom, Meridian, Idaho 36-37–73 BD

Jackson Suber, Tampa, Fla. 35-38–73 BT

Jordan Batchelor, Jacksonville, Fla. 36-37–73 BD

Kevin O’Connell, Cary, N.C. 35-38–73 BT

Luke Kluver, Norfolk, Neb. 36-37–73 BT

Matthew McCarty, Scottsdale, Ariz. 37-36–73 BT

Maxwell Moldovan, Uniontown, Ohio 35-38–73 BT

Noah Norton, Chico, Calif. 35-38–73 BT

Parker Coody, Plano, Texas 38-35–73 BD

Pierceson Coody, Plano, Texas 37-36–73 BT

Puwit Anupansuebsai, Thailand 34-39–73 BT

Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen, Denmark 35-38–73 BD

Sam Bennett, Madisonville, Texas 36-37–73 BT

Sandy Scott, Scotland 36-37–73 BT

Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, Calif. 37-36–73 BT

Trey Winstead, Baton Rouge, La. 35-38–73 BT

Abel Gallegos, Argentina 35-39–74 BD

Alex Fitzpatrick, England 37-37–74 BD

Andy Ogletree, Little Rock, Miss. 36-38–74 BT

Benjamin James, Milford, Conn. 35-39–74 BD

Bryce Lewis, Hendersonville, Tenn. 37-37–74 BD

Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas 36-38–74 BT

Dan Bradbury, England 35-39–74 BT

David Laskin, Elk Grove, Calif. 35-39–74 BT

Derek Busby, Ruston, La. 36-38–74 BD

Emilio Gonzalez Ramirez, Mexico 32-42–74 BD

Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra, Spain 37-37–74 BD

Garrett Johnson, Starkville, Miss. 37-37–74 BT

Giovanni Tadiotto, Belgium 36-38–74 BD

Isaiah Jackson, Golden, Miss. 37-37–74 BT

Jack Rhea, Jonesborough, Tenn. 38-36–74 BT

Jonathan Brightwell, Charlotte, N.C. 36-38–74 BD

Luke Potter, Encinitas, Calif. 34-40–74 BD

Markus Braadlie, Norway 35-39–74 BT

Michael Mattiace, Jacksonville, Fla. 33-41–74 BT

Thomas Johnson, Norman, Okla. 37-37–74 BD

Trevor Werbylo, Tucson, Ariz. 37-37–74 BT

Walker Lee, Houston, Texas 37-37–74 BT

Yaroslav Merkulov, Rochester, N.Y. 39-35–74 BD

Alexander Yang, Carlsbad, Calif. 38-37–75 BD

Archie Davies, Wales 35-40–75 BD

Ben Reichert, Buffalo, N.Y. 35-40–75 BT

Blake Taylor, Atkinson, N.C. 37-38–75 BD

Brandon Mancheno, Jacksonville, Fla. 35-40–75 BT

Carson Barry, Eagle, Idaho 37-38–75 BT

Connor Burgess, Lynchburg, Va. 36-39–75 BD

Davis Chatfield, Attleboro, Mass. 36-39–75 BD

Elis Svard, Sweden 37-38–75 BD

Evan Brown, Kennett Square, Pa. 38-37–75 BD

Garrett Barber, Stuart, Fla. 37-38–75 BT

Gordon Sargent, Birmingham, Ala. 36-39–75 BD

John Pak, Scotch Plains, N.J. 39-36–75 BD

Joseph Deraney, Tupelo, Miss. 37-38–75 BD

Kengo Aoshima, Japan 37-38–75 BT

Lukas Michel, Australia 34-41–75 BT

Marco Steyn, South Africa 36-39–75 BD

Maximilian Herrmann, Germany 36-39–75 BT

Ryan Gerard, Raleigh, N.C. 36-39–75 BT

Scott Shingler, Haymarket, Va. 38-37–75 BD

Tomas Gana, Chile 38-37–75 BD

William Buhl, Norway 36-39–75 BD

Aaron Du, People’s Republic of China 39-37–76 BD

Andres Schonbaum, Argentina 36-40–76 BD

Austin Hitt, Longwood, Fla. 38-38–76 BD

Benjamin Saiz-Wenz, Chile 35-41–76 BD

Blake Hathcoat, Fresno, Calif. 38-38–76 BT

Blake Wagoner, Cornelius, N.C. 36-40–76 BT

Brett Boner, Charlotte, N.C. 38-38–76 BD

Brett Roberts, Coral Springs, Fla. 39-37–76 BD

Carlos Bustos, Chile 38-38–76 BD

Christian Cavaliere, Katonah, N.Y. 34-42–76 BT

Colin Kober, Southlake, Texas 39-37–76 BD

Connor McKinney, Australia 37-39–76 BD

Jacob Bridgeman, Inman, S.C. 39-37–76 BD

Jacob Koppenberg, Bellingham, Wash. 37-39–76 BD

Jerry Ji, Netherlands 38-38–76 BT

John Keefer, San Antonio, Texas 38-38–76 BD

Lachlan Barker, Australia 35-41–76 BD

Luke Gifford, Boca Raton, Fla. 39-37–76 BT

Noah Steele, Canada 37-39–76 BD

Nolan Ray, Brentwood, Tenn. 36-40–76 BD

Parker Gillam, Winston Salem, N.C. 34-42–76 BT

Quade Cummins, Weatherford, Okla. 37-39–76 BD

Ryggs Johnston, Libby, Mont. 38-38–76 BD

Sam Harned, Rocklin, Calif. 40-36–76 BT

Shiryu (Leo) Oyo, Japan 36-40–76 BD

Spencer Cross, Sevierville, Tenn. 38-38–76 BD

Thomas Ponder, Dothan, Ala. 38-38–76 BT

Tim Widing, Sweden 38-38–76 BT

Tyler Wilkes, Tampa, Fla. 35-41–76 BD

William Holcomb V, Crockett, Texas 35-41–76 BD

William Moll, Houston, Texas 37-39–76 BD

Alexander Herrmann, Germany 37-40–77 BT

Brad Nurski, St. Joseph, Mo. 37-40–77 BT

Cecil Wegener, Ridgeland, Miss. 37-40–77 BD

Charles Osborne, Reno, Nev. 36-41–77 BD

Daniel O’Loughlin, England 38-39–77 BT

Garrett Martin, San Antonio, Texas 38-39–77 BT

Jason Schultz, Allen, Texas 39-38–77 BD

Johnny Travale, Canada 36-41–77 BT

Ryan Smith, Carlsbad, Calif. 41-36–77 BT

Sean Yu, Chinese Taipei 36-41–77 BT

Yuxin Lin, People’s Republic of China 35-42–77 BT

Austin Greaser, Vandalia, Ohio 41-37–78 BD

Daniel Schmieding, Germany 36-42–78 BT

Deven Ramachandran, Tiburon, Calif. 40-38–78 BT

Devon Bling, Ridgecrest, Calif. 39-39–78 BD

Doug Hanzel, Savannah, Ga. 37-41–78 BD

Eric Bae, Pinehurst, N.C. 41-37–78 BD

Ervin Chang, Malaysia 38-40–78 BT

Gene Elliott, West Des Moines, Iowa 39-39–78 BD

George Duangmanee, Fairfax, Va. 37-41–78 BD

Henry Shimp, Charlotte, N.C. 41-37–78 BT

Ian Siebers, Bellevue, Wash. 40-38–78 BD

Jacob Eklund, Carterville, Ill. 41-37–78 BT

Jonas Baumgartner, Germany 35-43–78 BT

Jovan Rebula, South Africa 36-42–78 BT

Kaiwen Liu, People’s Republic of China 38-40–78 BT

Luke Schniederjans, Alpharetta, Ga. 38-40–78 BD

Noah Goodwin, Corinth, Texas 36-42–78 BT

Adrien Pendaries, France 40-39–79 BD

Agustin Errazuriz, Chile 37-42–79 BD

Bo Jin, People’s Republic of China 37-42–79 BT

Cameron Sisk, San Diego, Calif. 38-41–79 BT

Chris Gotterup, Little Silver, N.J. 39-40–79 BT

Colby Patton, Fountain Inn, S.C. 40-39–79 BD

Connor Creasy, Abingdon, Va. 39-40–79 BT

Dawson Ovard, Frisco, Texas 37-42–79 BT

Evan Davis, Lexington, Ky. 34-45–79 BT

Justin Tereshko, Lexington, Ky. 40-39–79 BD

Logan Sowell, Charleston, S.C. 39-40–79 BD

Peter Knade, Easton, Md. 36-43–79 BT

Ryan Burnett, Lafayette, Calif. 36-43–79 BT

Shiso Go, Japan 41-38–79 BT

Spencer Ralston, Gainesville, Ga. 38-41–79 BD

Steve Harwell, Mooresville, N.C. 37-42–79 BT

William Paysse, Temple, Texas 39-40–79 BT

Ben Sigel, Deephaven, Minn. 41-39–80 BT

Dawson Jones, Howell, N.J. 39-41–80 BT

Drew Mathers, Mobile, Ala. 38-42–80 BT

Dylan Menante, Carlsbad, Calif. 38-42–80 BD

Hunter Eichhorn, Carney, Mich. 41-39–80 BD

Jack Wall, Brielle, N.J. 39-41–80 BT

Jeff Wilson, Fairfield, Calif. 40-40–80 BT

Joshua McCarthy, Danville, Calif. 43-37–80 BT

Mason Andersen, Mesa, Ariz. 39-41–80 BT

Matt Parziale, Brockton, Mass. 39-41–80 BD

Paul Swindell, Franklin, Tenn. 35-45–80 BD

Pietro Bovari, Italy 39-41–80 BD

Rhys Nevin, England 40-40–80 BD

RJ Manke, Lakewood, Wash. 39-41–80 BD

Roger Newsom, Virginia Beach, Va. 40-40–80 BT

Ryan Grider, Lewisville, Texas 41-39–80 BD

Wells Padgett, Wichita, Kan. 42-38–80 BT

Alexander George Frances, Denmark 39-42–81 BT

Alexandre Fuchs, France 41-40–81 BD

Benjamin Rebne, Ringgold, Ga. 41-40–81 BT

Bob Royak, Alpharetta, Ga. 39-42–81 BT

Canon Claycomb, Bowling Green, Ky. 40-41–81 BD

Christian Banke, Danville, Calif. 41-40–81 BD

Dave Ryan, Taylorville, Ill. 39-42–81 BD

Davis Bryant, Aurora, Colo. 40-41–81 BD

Kieran Vincent, Zimbabwe 43-38–81 BT

Marcus Byrd, Temple Hills, Md. 40-41–81 BT

Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher, Okla. 40-41–81 BT

Palmer Jackson, Murrysville, Pa. 37-44–81 BD

Quentin Debove, France 40-41–81 BT

Quim Vidal Mora, Spain 41-40–81 BD

Trevor Phillips, Boiling Springs, S.C. 41-40–81 BD

Chad Sewell, Conroe, Texas 44-38–82 BT

James Leow, Singapore 39-43–82 BT

Kyle Hogan, Lubbock, Texas 42-40–82 BD

Sean Knapp, Oakmont, Pa. 40-42–82 BD

Thomas Hutchison, San Jose, Calif. 40-42–82 BT

Zack Taylor, Pittsburgh, Pa. 39-43–82 BT

Harrison Kingsley, Murrieta, Calif. 41-42–83 BD

Reid Hatley, Hayden Lake, Idaho 39-44–83 BD

Riley Casey, Abilene, Texas 40-43–83 BT

Won Jun Lee, Republic of Korea 44-39–83 BD

Guillaume Fanonnel, Monroe, La. 39-45–84 BT

Jamie Wilson, Mount Pleasant, S.C. 44-40–84 BD

Maxwell Ford, Peachtree Corners, Ga. 42-42–84 BT

Nick Geyer, San Diego, Calif. 43-41–84 BT

Noah Woolsey, Pleasanton, Calif. 44-40–84 BT

Jamie Li, England 46-39–85 BT

Jorge Benedetti, Colombia 45-40–85 BD

Logan McAllister, Oklahoma City, Okla. 43-42–85 BD

Zan Luka Stirn, Slovenia 41-44–85 BD

Jackson Van Paris, Pinehurst, N.C. 43-43–86 BD

Morgan Egloff, Chevy Chase, Md. 42-44–86 BT

Nick Lyerly, Salisbury, N.C. 40-46–86 BD

Tanner Owens, Milton, Tenn. 42-46–88 BT

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