U.S. Amateur Championship Golf Live Stream Online, 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship: Few SoCal natives make cut, but now fun begins, A friendly gallery helps Sahith Theegala in the U.S. Amateur at Riviera.
The overstated goal after two rounds of stroke play at the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship is simply to make the cut from the unwieldy 312 to the final 64. Because once match play begins Wednesday, it’s a one-on-one format that historically gives nearly everyone an equal opportunity to claim the Havenmeyer Trophy late Sunday afternoon.
Players in the early rounds of the U.S. Amateur golf championship might have a couple of friends, maybe their parents, walking the course with them, quietly urging them on. The atmosphere almost seems more like a weekend club tournament than the most prestigious amateur event in the world. Sahith Theegala has more of a throng following him, maybe 15 vocal family members and a similar number of enthusiastic friends and teammates from Pepperdine, where he will be a junior in the fall.
Oregon standout Norman Xiong, Virginia Tech’s Mark Lawrence Jr. and Oklahoma State’s Hayden Wood somehow managed to separate themselves from the pack on the first day of play at the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship with 6-under-par 64s. Xiong, an 18-year-old San Diego native who has lived in the gated West Riverside County community of Canyon Lake between Menifee and Lake Elsinore, posted a remarkable 31 on the front side at Riviera Country Club before finishing with a six-birdie, bogey-free round.