Amateurs flirt with cut line as 2nd round gets under way at U.S. Open
13 Jun 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

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ARDMORE, Penn. (June 13, 2013) -- Through all the starting and stopping at waterlogged Merion Golf Club, a group of the 10 amateurs at the 2013 U.S. Open were able to make a bit of noise in Round 1.

Only four amateurs managed to complete their rounds. Ireland's Kevin Phelan, a recent graduate from the University of North Florida holds the low amateur lead in the clubhouse. He shot a 1-over 71 and sits in a tie for 35th place.

Cheng-Tsung Pan, a to- be junior at the University of Washington and the sixth-ranked player in the world, according to the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Player Rankings, shot 2-over 70. and is tied for 51st.

Cal's Michael Kim, who rode into Merion this week as the recent recipient of the Haskins Award for the best player in college golf, shot 3-over 73.

Cory McElyea, of the University of San Francisco, struggled with an 11-over 81.

At one point, Pan held a share of the lead. He made birdie on the par-4 14th but quickly gave it back with bogeys on 16 and 17.

Six other amateurs will complete their first rounds in the morning wave and seek to get through their afternoon rounds below the cut line, which will be at the top 60 players.

Chris Williams, who's playing in his last event as an amateur before he turns professional at next week's Travelers Championship, is 1-under through 10 holes. That's good enough to put him in a tie for seventh place.

Gavin Hall, the 19- year-old soon-to-be Texas Longhorn, is also tied for seventh. He's 1-under through five holes.

Cal's Michael Weaver, who gained entry to the field by placing second at last year's U.S. Amateur, is 2-over through 10 holes. His teammate Max Homa, who's fresh of wins at the Pac-12 and NCAA championships, is also 2-over but through six holes.

Grayson Murray, a recent transfer to UNC Greensboro, is also 2-over as all three amateurs are tied for 51st with work to do on their first-round scorecards.

Reigning U.S. Amateur Champion Steven Fox from Tennessee Chattanooga, is 4-over through nine holes and tied for 105th place.

All players that haven't finished their first round will begin play at 7:15 a.m. from where they were when play was suspended Thursday night.

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Results: U.S. Open
T17CAMichael KimDel Mar, CA90073-70-71-76--290
T45Chinese TaipeiCheng-Tsung PanChinese Taipei50072-72-75-76--295
T62IrelandKevin PhelanIreland50071-77-78-74--300
64CAMichael WeaverFresno, CA50074-74-78-75--301

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