Steven Fox will not have a chance to defend his 2012 U.S. Amateur title at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. The 22-year-old from Tennessee, shooting a two-day score of 6-over 146, Fox missed the cut for match play by two strokes after the second round of qualifying stroke play on Tuesday.
With Englishman Neil Raymond and Brady Watt of Australia sharing medalist honors with two-day tallies of 124, Richy Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., was the highest ranked New Englander to make the cut, at 139 (66-73). The only other players from the six-state region to advance to match play at TCC were Blake Morris of Waterbury, Conn., and Chelso Barrett of Surry, N.H., both at 142.
The stroke-play cut line fell at 4-over 144, with 66 players making it to the next round. A playoff among 17 golfers for 15 spots in the match-play portion was scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. on Wednesday on the 14th hole at 7,310-yard, par-70 TCC.
As for Raymond, the 27-year-old completed his second round of 3-under 67 on the 6,547-yard Charles River CC with the help of a local. Raymond carried his own bag during the first round at TCC but, with iffy weather to start the day, hired Tommy White, a Brookline resident and TCC caddie who looped at Charles River Country Club for several years.
“When I heard the forecast for today and all the stuff I would have to take in the bag, I decided to use a caddie,” Raymond told the USGA following his round. “Today, the caddie made a big difference. He was brilliant.”
The 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play, played at both TCC and Charles River, with qualifiers going onto six rounds of match play. The championship is slated to conclude on Sunday with a 36-hole finale starting at 9 a.m at TCC.
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