Top U.S. amateur golfers, including five from NH, tee off today
Hanover’s Peter Williamson, Chelso Barrett of Keene, Bedford’s Will McLaughlin, Chris Houston of Gilford, and Evan Russell of Grantham will be among the field of the nation’s top amateur golfers as play opens on Day 1 of the championship.
He has competed in four U.S. Amateur Championships, four U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships and one U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. As a child, Williamson built golf holes out of snow to work on his game during the winter.
He tees off today at 7:10 a.m. at Charles River Country Club.
Barrett also competed in the 2010 and 2011 U.S. Junior Amateurs, finishing as the runner-up to Jordan Spieth in 2011. He is slated to tee off today at 12:45 p.m. at Charles River Country Club.
Houston is a sophomore on the Penn State golf team, and a graduate of Gilford High School. He tees off at 1:55 p.m. Monday at Charles River Country Club.
The U.S. Amateur consists of 36 holes of stroke play on Aug. 12 and 13 at the 7,310-yard, par-70 The Country Club and the 6,547-yard, par-70 Charles River Country Club, after which the 312-player field will be reduced to the low 64 scorers. There will be six rounds of match play at The Country Club, starting Aug. 14.
Defending champion Steven Fox will try to become the first golfer to repeat as U.S. Amateur champion since Tiger Woods won three in a row from 1994-96.
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