NORMAN, Okla. - Former University of Oklahoma golfers Justin Fraley and Anthony Kim began play at the U.S. Amateur Monday afternoon, firing rounds of 72 and 75, respectively. The tournament, which holds the distinction of being the oldest USGA championship, is being played at the Chaska Town Course and historic Hazeltine Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.
Fraley, a senior on the Sooners’ 2006 Big 12 Championship squad, began the day with four consecutive pars before a birdie at the 412-yard par-4 fifth. A bogey on the sixth was quickly offset when the Rowlett, Texas, native birdied the par-5 seventh to get back to 1-under-par on the round. Fraley bogeyed the closing hole of the opening nine to shoot an even-par 36. The back nine featured seven pars, a birdie and a bogey, for an opening round 72, placing Fraley in a tie for 19th.
Kim, who posted a runner-up finish at the Public Links Championship earlier this summer, began play with pars at the first two holes before dropping a shot at the par-5 third. Kim, from La Quinta, Calif., double-bogeyed the par-4 fifth hole to drop to 3-over through five, but battled back, playing the final four holes of his opening nine in one under par, to shoot a 2-over 38 on the front. Kim birdied the 606-yard par-5 11th, but dropped shots at both No. 13 and No. 16, for a 3-over-par 75, placing him in a tie for 86th.
Monday’s scores will be added to Tuesday’s stroke play results, and the top 64 golfers will move on to the match play portion of the event. The single-elimination match play will run from Wednesday through Sunday.
Television coverage of the first, third and quarterfinal round matches can be found on The Golf Channel from 3-5 p.m. (CST) Wednesday Friday. The semifinal and final matches will be aired on NBC from 3-5 p.m. (CST) both Saturday and Sunday.
Official real-time updates can be found at www.usga.org.