Tuesday, Aug. 23
Today was, unfortunately, my last day as a player at the 2005 U.S. Amateur Championship. I birdied my first hole and made a series of great pars thereafter to finish my front nine at Even. I made pars on my first two holes on the back, just missing birdie putts.
On my third hole, I caught a 2-iron just a little flush and pulled it slightly. This one poor swing resulted in a triple-bogey-6, a perfect example of how one slip-up can lead to disaster at Merion Golf Club.
I placed 138 out of 312 players overall, and am pleased with my play as I beat out many top collegiate golfers. My score of Even was also one of the best nine hole scores of the day. At this point, I'm incredibly happy to have played in this event, hopefully my first of many, and look forward to the Penn collegiate season with strong confidence after a great summer.
The Penn golf team is looking great so far, with four new freshmen coming to play, all with very impressive academic and athletic resumes. I ask you all to keep a look out for us this season, as we plan on taking home Ivy's under the coaching of Rob Powelson and further tutelage of Francis Vaughn.