State quartet struggles in first round of U.S. Junior Amateur Championship

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Will Hartman, 16, of Charlotte, N.C., shot a bogey-free 66 Monday and was one of five players at the top of the leaderboard on the first day of stroke play in the 75th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Daniel Island Club.

Hartman, Tommy Morrison, 18, of Dallas, Texas, and Carson Kim, 18, of Yorba Linda, Calif., were 5-under on the par-71 Beresford Creek Course. Joshua Bai, 17, of New Zealand and South Carolina native Andrew Gregory shot their 6-under-par scores on the par-72 Ralston Creek Course.

“Ball-striking carried me today,” said Hartman, who is competing in his first USGA championship. “I only missed one green. It was a lot of smart golf to the middle of the green and then make your fair share of 8-10 footers and it ended up adding itself up at the end.”

It was a rough first round for the four Oklahomans in the field. Mason Haley of Enid shot a 7-over 78, Banks Cozby of Tulsa shot 81, Bliss Newton of Lonegrove shot 83 and Evan Weaver of Pryor shot 91. The cut for the top 64 for match play will likely come at 1 over par.


 

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