No area entrants make cut at USGA Mid-Amateur
Updated: September 9, 2012 9:34PM
LAKE FOREST — Red numbers were rare at the United States Golf Association Mid-Amateur on Sunday.
Only four players broke par at Conway Farms Golf Club and Knollwood Club as the 264-player field was cut to 64 for the start of the event’s match-play portion on Monday. One player — Brad Valois of Rhode Island — broke par over the tournament’s first 36 holes.
Valois’ 68 at Conway Farms was the low round of the championship so far and gave him a two-day total of 1-under 141. The cut was set at 8-over 150, with nine players competing in a playoff for four spots on Sunday evening at Conway Farms.
Local competitors struggled over the 36 holes of stroke play.
Hinsdale 37-year-old Scott Rowe followed up his Saturday 77 with a 75 at Knollwood Club on Sunday, leaving him at 10-over 152. His double bogey on Knollwood’s 415-yard 9th hole — his 18th of the day — left him outside the cut line.
Conway Farms member Andrew Price, 30, carded a 76 on his home course Sunday to finish at 154, four strokes off the cut. Price started on No. 10 and bogeyed hole Nos. 3 and 4 before launching a late rally with birdies on 7 and 8.
“I hit some good golf shots today, but I didn’t make any putts and then I made a few mistakes that killed me,” Price said. “I played the two worst rounds of my summer right now, which doesn’t always help.”
First-round leader Michael Castleforte of Chicago played poorly at Knollwood Club, shooting an 82 to miss the cut by a shot.
Glenview’s Kyle Nathan went 80-78 to finish at 158.