UW All-Americans Shoot Under 70 At U.S. Amateur Championship
Aug. 13, 2012
CHERRY HILLS, Colo. -- Four Huskies' golfers wrapped up the first round of the U.S. Amateur Championship on Monday and none fared better than the world's No. 1 ranked player Chris Williams. Williams, who will be an All-America senior at UW this fall, shot 5-under 65 at Common Grounds Golf Course and is tied for second entering the second round of the top amateur tournament in the United States.
Not far back on the leaderboard is UW freshman All-American Cheng-Tsung Pan, who fired 2-under 69 at Cherry Hills Country Club. He sits tied for 19th in the standings that will see the top 64 players advance to match play action starting Wednesday.
Williams ended the first day of the tournament two shots behind Alabama All-American Bobby Wyatt, who shot 7-under 64 at Cherry Hills. The Moscow, Idaho native is tied with five others at -5, including Cal's Max Homa and Brandon Hagy, plus Alabama's Justin Thomas.
Williams' was bogey free on Monday and had five birdies.
Williams hopes to carry over his current No. 1 ranking past this week. After the U.S. Amateur, the No. 1 ranked player wins the R&A's McCormack Award, plus earns a berth in both the U.S. Open and Open Championships.
Pan, who has Husky Coach Matt Thurmond on the bag this week, was able to rebound from a double bogey to start his day. From there, he flourished, converting four birdie opportunities to get to 3-under by the 11th hole. He would bogey the par-3, 15th hole to drop a stroke and end up with a 69.
Chambers shot 1-over 36 on the front nine and was +5 on the back nine, having a triple-bogey 7 on the 18th hole. Salsbury had eight bogeys and a birdie during his round.