Aug. 24, 2009
TULSA, Okla. - University of Oklahoma freshman golfer Davis Lee shot 76, while former OU letterwinner Phillip Bryan carded an 85 in the first round of the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., on Monday.
Lee is just two shots behind a large pack of golfers tied for 62nd at four-over. The field will be cut to the low 64 players for match play after Tuesday's round. Match play begins on Wednesday and continues until the 36-hole final on Sunday with all match play rounds being contested at Southern Hills.
The OU freshman played under the course average of 78.5 at the 7093-yard, par-70 layout, which proved to be the more difficult of the two courses being played during the stroke play portion of the championship on day one.
Although it played considerably longer, the par-70, 7331-yard Cedar Ridge Country Club was almost three strokes easier on Monday with an average score of 75.6.
Only five golfers in the 312-man field broke par at either course, while overnight leader Tim Jackson (-2) was the only player in red figures at Southern Hills.
Lee posted 12 pars and six bogeys (three on each side) for his opening round. Bryan rebounded with a respectable 38 on the back nine after posting a 47 on the front side.
The U.S. Amateur Championship is the oldest golf championship in the United States, one day older than the U.S. Open. Throughout its history, the U.S. Amateur has been the most coveted of all amateur titles. Many of the great names of professional golf, such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Mark O'Meara, Hal Sutton, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, grace the Havemeyer Trophy.
The championship is open to amateur golfers who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4. A total of 6,948 entries were accepted by the USGA for this week's event. The U.S. Amateur will be the 19th USGA championship conducted in the state of Oklahoma. The most recent was the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links, held July 13-18 at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman.