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Three tied for stroke-play lead at U.S. Amateur
Johns Creek, GA (Sports Network) - Jimmy Beck, Sam Horsfield and Taylor Moore are all tied for the lead following Monday's first-round stroke-play at the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Playing on the Highlands Course at the Atlanta Athletic Club, Beck fired a 6- under 65. Horsfield and Moore both played on the Riverside course, which plays one stroke higher. The duo carded matching, 6-under 66s to join Beck atop the leaderboard.
Of the three, only Moore played in last year's U.S. Amateur Championship.
Horsfield has quite an impressive resume when it comes to USGA events, however. He advanced to the semifinals of this year's U.S. Junior Amateur after getting to the quarterfinals last year. Horsfield has also advanced to match play in all three Amateur Public Links he has played in.
The trio of Beck, Horsfield and Moore finished the first day one stroke ahead of Lee McCoy, who shot a 5-under 67 on the Riverside Course. Jonathan Garrick and Cameron Young are two shots back at 4-under. Garrick carded a 67 on the Highlands Course, while Young finished with a 68 on the Riverside Course.
Headlining a group of 10 players tied at 3-under is this year's Junior Amateur champion Will Zalatoris, who shot a 69 on the Riverside Course.
After beginning his day with a par at No. 1, Beck poured in back-to-back birdies at two and three. Following three straight pars from four, Beck birdied four of his next five holes, with a par coming at No. 9.
Beck's first and only blemish of the day came at No. 13, where he tripped to a bogey at the par-4, dropping him back to 5-under. Four straight pars for Beck preceded a closing birdie at the par-5 18th, tying him for the lead.
Horsfield had an impressive, bogey-free round, which included birdies at three and nine on his front nine. Horsfield started rolling on the back with three birdies in four holes at 10, 11 and 13. Like Beck, Horsfield birdied the 18th to get to minus-6 heading into the final round of stroke play.
Moore drained four birdies on the front nine at one, five, seven and eight, but a bogey at the ninth dropped him a shot as he made the turn. Moore atoned for that mistake right away with a birdie at 10. Following a par at 11, back- to-back birdies had him sharing the lead. He ended there after carding five straight pars to end his round.
After Tuesday's second and final round of stroke play, the top 64 players will advance to match play. The match-play portion will last through Sunday, when a 36-hole final will take place to determine the champion.
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