Two more Opens have been held here, and each was won by an American — not to mention the 1999 Ryder Cup, in which the U.S. team rallied on the final day to beat Europe.
But there was Englishman Neil Raymond atop the leaderboard at the 113th U.S. Amateur on Tuesday, after the completion of two rounds of stroke play, tied at 6-under par with Australia’s Brady Watt.
The five low scorers in stroke play were all international. Australia’s Oliver Goss, Canada’s Justin Shin and England’s Matt Fitzpatrick were all 3-under.
The top 49 golfers advanced to a six-round match play tournament, with the 17 who were tied at 4-over scheduled for a playoff this morning to decide the remaining 15 spots.
None of the three local players from Cobb or Cherokee counties will be in the mix.
Former Harrison golfer and current Georgia Tech standout Ollie Schniederjans needed pars on the last two holes during his round at the 6,547-yard, par-70 Charles River Country Club to qualify for match play. A par on one of them would have put him in the playoff, but bogeys on the last two holes left him with a 73, a two-round total of 5-over par and a tie for 67th.
His Yellow Jacket teammates, Anders Albertson and Michael Hines, also failed to qualify for match play.
Albertson, a former Etowah star, shot 73 and had a two-round total of 145. He was within the cut line when he made the turn, but he played his final nine holes at Charles River at 3-over 38.
Hines, a former Kell standout, finished in a tie for 223rd in the 312-man field. He shot 80 at The Country Club for a two-day mark of 13-over.
The other half of Georgia Tech’s six-man U.S. Amateur contingent did advance to match play.
Bo Andrews had the day’s low round posting a 7-under par 63 at Charles River to finish stroke play at 1-under and in a tie for ninth, along with the Yellow Jackets’ Richy Werenski, who shot 73, and Georgia Southern’s Scott Wolfes (67).
The sixth Georgia Tech golfer, Seth Reeves, shot 67 on Tuesday and is tied for 27th after stroke play.
The Amateur is being played at Brookline on the 100th anniversary of Ouimet’s playoff victory over Vardon and Ray — an event that is credited with popularizing the sport in the United States and helping it expand from its traditional domain of wealthy Europeans. A century later, it is the Europeans who are hoping to make history. No English golfer has won the U.S. Amateur since Harold Hilton in 1911.
“It would be huge. It would be a great accomplishment for any of the English guys to win,” said Raymond, one of five from his country to reach the 64-man match play round. “To have an opportunity to be a part of a group of guys doing great stuff around the world, it’s showing that we really do mean business.”
Raymond shot a 67 at The Country Club in the opening round Monday and followed it with another at Charles River on Tuesday to share the medalist honors with Watt, who shot 68 and 66. Fitzpatrick began at Charles River with a 67 and followed it with a 70 at the par-70, 7,310-yard TCC to wind up in a tie for third with Australian Oliver Goss and Justin Shin of Canada.
Nick Hardy, a Northbrook, Ill., high school senior who had the low score after the first round, followed an opening 65 with a 73 and was among three players tied for sixth at 2-under.