Phillips, Majors off to good starts in U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship

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Photo: Blake Gibson of Edmond.

Chad Wilfong, 37, of Charlotte, N.C., and Joshua Irving, 31, of Dallas, Texas, each shot 3-under par Saturday to share the lead after the first round of stroke play in the 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. Wilfong carded a 67 at the par-70, 7,207-yard Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course, while Irving fashioned a 68 at the par-71, 6,784-yard Atlanta National Golf Club, which is serving as the championship’s stroke-play co-host.

Wilfong, who is playing in his first USGA championship after competing on the Nationwide Tour (now from 2003-06, posted a bogey-free round at Capital City Club-Crabapple.

“I had pretty good control over the driver, which on this course you need,” said Wilfong, who regained his amateur status in August of 2016 and played for Wake Forest University. “I didn’t make any mistakes and when I missed a green I missed them in the right spots. It allowed me to get up and down without a whole lot of stress.”

The second round of stroke play was rained out Sunday and will be completed today, allowing the field to be cut to the low 64 for match play beginning Tuesday.

Two Oklahomans are in good position to advance. Luke Phillips of Edmond and Draegen Majors of Tulsa each shot even-par 71 and are tied for 15th.

Two others were not so fortunate. Ben Blundell of Oklahoma City shot 79 and is tied for 196th, while Blake Gibson of Edmond shot 83 and is tied for 244th.

Live scoring is available at the USGA site here.


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