NH’s Williamson still in hunt at US Am

A record five New Hampshire players qualified for this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship, and after 36 holes of qualifying just one had a chance to advance to match play.

That player is no surprise. Recent Dartmouth College graduate Peter Williamson of Hanover has had a great summer so far, including a victory in the prestigious North and South Amateur last month in Pinehurst, N.C.

Williamson, ranked among the top 10 amateurs in the world entering the tournament, shot a
76 on Monday and needed a strong round on Tuesday.

He got it, shooting three-under 67 at CommonGround Golf Club, one of two Denver area courses needed to accommodate the 312 players who attempted to qualify for 64 match play spots.

Williamson’s two over score of 143 put him in a 17-player playoff for 14 spots in match play. The playoff will begin this morning at 9 a.m.

Nashua’s James Pleat, a Dartmouth teammate of Williamson’s for the last three years, played two rounds of solid golf, but will be going home.

After a two-over 72 on Monday at CommonGround, Pleat shot a three-over 74 on Tuesday at Cherry Hills Country Club to finish in a tie for 104th at 146.

New Castle’s Nick McLaughlin looked like he might be on his way to qualifying, until his final nine holes on Tuesday at Cherry Hills. McLaughlin, about to enter his freshman year at Virginia, was just two over through 27 holes, but was six over on the back nine Tuesday and finished with an eight-over 149.

Chelso Barrett, about to enter his senior year at Keene High School, shot a 73 Tuesday, but his two-day total of 150 fell short.

Last summer, Barrett reached the finals of the U.S. Junior Amateur before falling to Jordan Spieth of Texas, who advanced to match play with consecutive rounds
of 69.

Nashua Country Club’s Phil Pleat, who opened with an 82 on Monday, withdrew from the tournament on Tuesday after 11 holes due to illness.

University of Alabama junior Bobby Wyatt will be the top seed entering match play. Wyatt, who fired a seven-under 64 on Monday at Cherry Hills, followed it up with a two-under 68 Tuesday at CommonGround to finish as medalist at nine-under.

Cheng Sung Tsung Pan of Chinese Taipei shot a 65 on Tuesday at Cherry Hills and finished two behind Wyatt at five-under 136. He tied for second with Jeff Osberg of Philadelphia, who shot 65 on Tuesday at CommonGround.