Biwer, Paterson Miss Advancing At British Amateur
LANCASHIRE, England — Two University of Colorado golfers missed advancing to match play here Tuesday as the stroke play portion of the 132nd Annual British Amateur was completed.
Sixty-four players advanced to match play, which runs Wednesday through Saturday; the cut was 1-over par.
CU sophomore-to-be Justin Biwer carded a 1-over 71 on the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club course layout; that had him at 4-over 146 for 36 holes. He started strong, scoring birdies on to open his round and added another on No. 4; he bogeyed No.6 but came right back with a bird on No. 7. He parred the next seven holes, but he doubled the 15th and bogeyed the 16th, both par-4s, that dropped him out of contention. In the end, he tied for 114th overall and was tied for the sixth out of the 15 Americans competing here.
"I played really well today, but links golf just had its way with me on the last few holes," Biwer said. "This was a really fun experience and I am definitely looking forward to getting in a few (summer) tournaments in the states and the college season in the fall."
John Paterson, who graduated in May, did rebound from an opening 83 to shoot a 1-over 73 on the St. Annes Old Links course Tuesday, as he had three birdies and 11 pars with four bogeys. He started the day tied for 284th in the 288-man field but did manage to jump 34 spots to tie for 250th as he finished with a 14-over 156. He was looking to advance to the match play segment for the third time.
Only 39 players in the field shot under par (21 of those at either 2- or 1-under) with another 22 finishing even; two players were medalists at 7-under. Four Americans advanced. Full results here: GolfBox Tournament.
NOTES: Robby Keilch and Hunter Swanson are set to compete in the prestigious event at the Desert Mountain Club (Geronimo Course) in Scottsdale, Ariz., which runs Wednesday through Friday.