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BROOKLINE, Mass. - A three-over par 73 may not measure up to some of the rounds University of Arkansas senior Sebastian Cappelen has put up over his career, but doing so on the challenging layout of The Country Club on Monday in the opening round of stroke play at the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship has the reigning SEC Individual champion within striking distance heading into the Tuesday's final round of qualifying.
Cappelen along with half of the 312 players that make up the field at the U.S. Amateur took on the 7,310-yard par 70 course today with just three finishing under-par. Cappelen's 73 is currently in a tie for 86th overall, just one stroke outside a large group currently inside the stroke play field of 64.
Sophomore Taylor Moore opened his second straight appearance at the U.S. Amateur at Charles River Country Club by carding a 78. Moore will play The Country Club on Tuesday at 7:55 a.m. CT, while Cappelen will take his turn at Charles River CC starting at 6:10 a.m. Tuesday is the final round of stroke play before the field is cut to a 64-player match play tournament that will start on Wednesday.
Live stats of Tuesday's second round of stroke play can be found at www.USGA.org. Due to the large field and two courses being used for stroke play, stats are only updated when each player makes the turn and finishes the round.
A three-time Palmer Cup participant for Team Europe, Cappelen's 73 was the 26th-best round of the day at The Country Club which features a pair of par 4s of over 500 yards and the 605-yard, par 5 12th hole. Cappelen began his day on the course's back nine which is par 36 and measures 3,908 yards before closing with the par 34 front nine for a 35-38/73 scorecard. For the day, he made 14 pars, one birdie, two bogeys and one double.
In comparison to The Country Club, the Charles River Country Club yielded 15 under-par rounds and another 14 at even-par over the 6,635-yard par 70 layout.
The U.S. Amateur is the oldest championship in the country, one day older than the U.S. Open. Past winners of the U.S. Amateur Championship include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. This year's championship marks the sixth time the U.S. Amateur has been held at The Country Club and the first time it has ever been played at anything other than a par 71.
Each day of match play will be televised with the Golf Channel showing first, second and quarterfinal matches on Wednesday-Friday. Saturday's semifinal matches and Sunday's Championship will be shown on NBC from 3-5 p.m. CT.