Recent SCGA Match Play Champion Anton Arboleda of UCLA shot an impressive four-under par 66 today in Round 1 of the U.S. Amateur, finding himself just one-stroke off the lead. Arboleda's 66 came on the Blue Mound Golf & Country Club course, as the facility is the secondary site for the tournament's stroke play. He will tee off early Tuesday morning for Round 2.
Arboleda's UCLA teammate, top-ranked amateur Patrick Cantlay, fired a one-under par 71 back on the Erin Hills course. The most recent SCGA Amateur Champion was two-under through nine holes, before struggling a bit on his back nine, recording one bogey and no birdies. Cantlay will look to make his usual push up the leaderboard in Round 2 Tuesday, as he moves over to Blue Mound Golf & Country Club. He tees off at 12:15 p.m. PT.
Former UCLA golfer Gregor Main, 22, shares the first-round lead at -5. Main, who was the runner-up at the 2010 Western Amateur, was the 2009 Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year.
“It was fun,” Main said. “I hit it really well. It was probably the best round I’ve had all summer. I started out one over through three holes and after that, made a bunch of birdies. I birdied four and then eagled five, so that was good, the eagle. Then I birdied nine, so I just got it going.
“I felt like the course was out there for the taking today, because the conditions were pretty benign. There was not too much wind. The greens were perfect, so you could get it going.”
16-year-old SCGA Member Beau Hossler of Mission Viejo, Calif., who was the youngest competitor in this year's U.S. Open, finished Round 1 with an impressive three-under par 69 on the Erin Hills course, good enough for 12th place. He will tee of at 6 .a.m. PT Tuesday.
2011 California State Amateur Champion Bhavik Patel struggled through Round 1, posting a four-over par 76 on the Erin Hills course.