TOLEDO, Ohio — Bend’s Sam Renner rallied over his second nine holes and was one of 18 players tied for 89th place Monday after the first round of stroke play at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
The 15-year-old Renner carded a 6-over 77 at the Inverness Club, leaving him one stroke out of a tie for 67th place going into Tuesday’s final 18-hole round of qualifying for the match-play field.
Twenty-two players were tied at 76, and another 13 were tied for 54th place at 75. The low 64 scores after Tuesday’s stroke-play round advance to match play. If necessary, a playoff will be conducted to reduce the field to 64 golfers.
The only other Oregon player in the starting field of 156 qualifiers, 16-year-old Portlander Brody Marconi, shot a 74 on Monday and was part of a 13-way tie for 41st place.
Renner carded a 41 for his first nine holes (Nos. 10-18) but was 1-over 36 for his second nine to finish the day strong.
William Mouw, of Chino, California, and Karl Vilips of Australia tied for the first-round lead at 2-under 69.
— Bulletin staff report