Scottie Scheffler wins Silver Medal for U.S. Open Low Am
ERIN, Wisconsin (June 18, 2017) -- At the beginning of the week, Scottie Scheffler
told us that he wasn't so much competing against the other 14 amateurs in the 2017 U.S. Open. He was competing alongside them in a sense, and all of them were representing all of the "99.7 percent of golfers who aren't pros" - as the AmateurGolf.com tagline goes.
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Johnny Goodman's amateur win at the U.S. Open (by a single shot over Ralph Guldahl) in 1933 will stand as the last one by an amateur for another year, and maybe forever.
But no matter. Each year amateurs live their dream of making it to the big stage. Some pedigreed golfers like the former U.S. Junior champion and Texas Longhorn star Scheffler, others unheralded players like Chris Crawford, who advanced through local and sectional qualifying and found himself featured on the Golf Channel this week. Pretty cool.
Scheffler started the day 2-shots back of Cameron Champ, who was well inside the top-10 after riding prodigious drives and a steady hand on the greens to a 70-69, 5-under par total at the halfway point.
Champ had come back from a tough front nine of 40 on Saturday with 33 on the back and stood at 4-under after 54 holes. But he struggled to a 76 on Sunday, again mostly due to a slow start of 39 on the front.
Meanwhile Scheffler was 1-under on the front, making up the two shots he trailed by and two more. But two bogeys and a double on the back meant standing on the 18th tee, he needed a birdie to settle the score. He converted, and just a single shot separated the two high achieving amateurs who both attend college in Texas at the end of the day. Scheffler will play a summer of golf and return to University of Texas, while Champ will go back to Texas A&M.
We have a feeling that both players will represent USA on the Walker Cup team in September at Los Angeles Country Club.
MID AM NOTES
Of the fourteen players to qualify for the 2017 Open, two of them were Mid-Ams -- and that just doesn't happen very often. (Has it ever in modern history?) Stewart Hagestad and Scott Harvey, a feat in itself since both made it through a grueling day 36-hole sectional qualifying.
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