Aug. 18, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. - Four current or former Wildcats teed off Monday during the opening round of the 2008 United States Amateur Championship in Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
Beck Miller, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, shot a two-over 72 on Pinehurst Resort and Country Club's No. 2 course and is tied for 63rd place overall. He collected three birdies on the day with two of those coming in his first four holes.
Roberto Galletti, a sophomore from Clayton, Calif., opened play on the 10th hole of the No. 4 course and was even par at the turn. His front nine included an eagle on No. 17, his eighth hole of the day. But Galletti struggled on the back nine and finished with a five-over 75, which places him in a tie for 172nd place after the first round of stroke play.
Tyler Neal, a senior from Tucson, carded a 76 (+6) on the No. 4 course and is in a tie for 200th place. Teeing off on the first hole, he picked up birdies on holes three and eight, and was one-under par at the turn before finishing at six-over par.
David McDaniel, a Tucson native and a member of the golf program in 2004-05, had the best day of the quartet, posting a two-under 68 on the No. 4 course. He is currently tied for third place. He collected six birdies on the day, including five on the back nine that helped him come home at three-under 32.
The event will be contested over Pinehurst's No. 2 and No. 4 courses. Both courses are par 70, while the No. 2 course covers 7,281 yards, while the No. 4 covers 7,030 yards. The second round of stroke play is scheduled for tomorrow before the field is cut to the low 64 scores for match play.
The 108th U.S. Amateur Championship continues through Aug. 24.