LOS ANGELES, Calif. – University of Tennessee at Martin senior Hunter Richardson is tied for 28th in the field of 312 golfers after the first round of the 117th U.S. Amateur Golf Championship, which began today at the Bel-Air Country Club.
After earning a spot in the field back on July 17, Richardson teed off at 2 p.m. Pacific time this afternoon and carded an even-par round (70) – aided by four birdies in his first six holes. He birdied the par-5, 492-yard first hole and followed that with a birdie on the par-4, 446-yard Hole No. 2 – which was one of only 12 birdies on that hole in Round 1.
The Clarksville, Tenn. native followed with a par on Hole No. 3 before another birdie on Hole No. 4, a par-4 playing at 451 yards. After parring Hole No. 5, Richardson knocked in a birdie putt on the par-4 Hole No. 6, which was playing at 365 yards. Two pars followed before a bogey on Hole No. 9 gave him a 33 (-3) on the front-nine.
The two-time defending Ohio Valley Conference medalist opened the back-nine with a double bogey on the par-3, 204-yard Hole No. 10 but quickly recovered for four consecutive pars. A bogey on the par-4, 468-yard Hole No. 15 followed but Richardson kept his composure and completed the round with three straight pars to rank six shots behind the leader, Norman Xiong of the University of Oregon.
Richardson will tee off alongside Parathakorn Suyasri and Cameron Lippoldt at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 8:45 a.m. Pacific time. After tomorrow’s round is completed, the top 64 individuals make the cut and advance to match play, which begins on Aug. 16 and runs all the way through Aug. 20.
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