ATLANTA -- Robert Godfrey tied a course record with a
7-under-par 63 and Lucas Glover, playing a different course, shot
an 8-under 64 Monday in the opening round of stroke play at the
101st U.S. Amateur.
Godfrey, 27, of Clemson, S.C., birdied the first three holes at
East Lake Golf Club and stood at 9-under after 16 holes. He bogeyed
Nos. 17 and 18, but still matched the course record set by Vijay
Singh at the 1998 Tour Championship.
Glover, 21, a two-time All-American at Clemson, shot his 64 at
Druid Hills Golf Club, which played far easier than East Lake. Of
the 50 players who finished the day under par, 37 played at Druid
James Driscoll, the U.S. Amateur runner-up last year, shot a 64 at
East Lake to be one of four players at 6-under.
Godfrey had failed in four previous attempts to qualify for the
Amateur, and made it this year only after surviving a five-hole
playoff at a qualifier in Knoxville, Tenn.
"This was, you might call it, a career round -- and a good time
to have it," he said. "Today was just one of those days where
everything came together."
Stroke play concludes Tuesday, with the top 64 players from the
312 who teed off Monday advancing to match play. The 36-hole final
will be Sunday at East Lake.
Glover and Driscoll were members of the U.S. team that lost to
Great Britain and Ireland at Sea Island, Ga., last week in the
Walker Cup. Driscoll said he was happy to bounce back after losing
all three of his matches in the competition.
"I felt great," Driscoll said. "I wish I was a little more
solid on a couple holes there on the back nine, where I hit some
weak shots, but made up for it with my short game. But I was glad to
see my short game was there to back me up when I didn't hit a great
Defending champion Jeff Quinney, who defeated Driscoll on the
third playoff hole to win last year at Baltusrol in New Jersey,
opened with an even-par 72.
The player with the largest gallery at East Lake, 17-year-old Ty
Tryon of Orlando, Fla., shot a 10-over 80. Tryon will need a strong
showing Tuesday to make it into match play after triple-bogeys on
Nos. 3 and No. 6 led the way to a disastrous 43 on the front nine.
"It was just a tough day," said Tryon, who is about to begin
his junior year of high school. "If I missed a shot, I got burned
for it, and if I hit a good shot, I didn't get anything for it."
Tryon was a Monday qualifier for the Honda Classic in March and,
at 16, became the youngest player in 44 years to make the cut in a
PGA Tour event. He tied for 39th.
He played in the B.C. Open last month on a sponsor's exemption,
tied for the lead after the first round and wound up in a tie for