BEDMINSTER, N.J. (August 21, 2014) — Harrison Shih, an amateur golfer from Columbia University, finished in a tie for fourth place at the Metropolitan Open. He finished the event four shots back of tournament winner Grant Sturgeon, a 36-year-old assistant professional at Winged Foot.
Shih was the low amateur after the first round, but shot 74 in Wednesday's second round to drop back into 12th.
Shih fired rounds of 69, 74 and 70 for a 3-under total of 213.
“I’m really happy with the way I played overall,” Shih said. The soon-be-junior at Columbia University has an awesome future ahead of him, and feels like his game is only getting better.
“I’ve been telling my family that I feel really close to playing well and I knew that it was coming,” he said. “I was finally able to put three good rounds together.”
Another amateur who had an amazing showing this week was Cameron Young of Scarborough, N.Y., who is just back from the U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club where he finished as a quarterfinalist.
After firing an even 72 during the first round, he was on fire in his second round, carding a 5-under 67. Today he had another great round going, he birdied 14 and 15 to get to 5-under and right near the lead. He birdied 17, but found trouble on 18.
After searching for his ball near the water hazard, he accidently played the wrong ball that had the same marking as his, incurring a two stroke penalty. After finding his actual ball, which was in the hazard, he took an additional one stroke penalty, and finished the round at 3-over 75, putting him at tied for seventh in the final standings.
This was the second time in three years that he played in the final grouping at the Met Open, and at 17, he has plenty more chances for the title ahead of him.
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