Amateur golf

Anderson misses cut at U.S. Amateur Championships

Camden Hills junior, age 16, experiences one of best amateur tourneys in world
By Staff | Aug 15, 2017
Photo by: Mark Haskell Cole Anderson.

Pacific Palisades, Calif. — Cole Anderson of Camden said heading into the U.S. Amateur Championships golf tournament that “it’s going to be a lot more about the experience, because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”

With that in mind, the 16-year-old Anderson enjoyed — and gained — valuable experience as he competed against 311 of the top-ranked amateur golfers in the world on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 14-15 at the Riviera County Club.

In the end, however, Anderson, who was in the mix to make the cut after day one of the six-day competition, carded higher figures on day two — shooting an 11-over 81 — and, ultimately, missed the cut.

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He parred his first three and last three holes of the day on Tuesday, but had a rough 12-hole stretch between as he carded four bogeys, two double-bogeys and a +4 on the 13th hole.

Of the 312 golfers, only the top 64 advance to match play, which will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports One beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Anderson was in the thick of things at the conclusion of day one as he shot a 2-over par 72 in round one of the event, which tied him for 64th with several other golfers.

He made par on 11 of his 18 holes played and bogeyed five others, while making birdies on the 446-yard par-4 second hole, the 405-yard par-4 seventh and the 506-yard par-5 eighth.

Anderson qualified for the U.S. Amateur by virtue of finishing second in a U.S. Amateur qualifier on July 25 at Andover Country Club in Andover, Mass. Anderson was in a three-way tie for second before making an eagle on the first playoff hole between he and two others, playing his way into the most high-profile tournament of the youngster’s career.

In the qualifier, Anderson shot a 3-under par 69 in his first round and ended the day firing a 6-under par 66 for a 135 total gross, including eagling two of his final four holes.

Anderson has won the Maine Principals' Association Class A schoolboy individual golf championship two years in a row and will attend Florida State University on a golf scholarship in 2019.

Anderson undoubtedly will have other strong opportunities to qualify for — and play in — the U.S. Amateur, so, this may not be a "once-in-a-lifetime thing."

The entire world of golf — both in the amateur and perhaps professional realm — awaits the incredibly talented Midcoast teenager.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Daniel G Benson | Aug 17, 2017 00:06

Enjoy the journey and the places it takes you.

Posted by: Peter Rollins | Aug 16, 2017 06:53

Outstanding work! The future is bright for this young man.

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