Triple bogey sinks Bailey in U.S. Amateur Championship

Published 11:33 pm Monday, August 17, 2015

CHICAGO — A triple bogey on a 162-yard, par 3 — his 13th hole of the day — derailed Braden Bailey on the first day of qualifying in the U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields.

Bailey, after making the turn in one-over 36, stumbled to a 42 on his second nine and finished with a 78 on the par 70 North Course. He was tied for 271st in a field of 312 that will be trimmed to the low 64 after today’s second round.

The Port Neches-Groves ex had gotten off to a solid start with eight consecutive pars. But three straight bogeys, starting at the par-4 18th, got him headed in the wrong direction. A par at the second hole, his 11th, temporarily stopped the bleeding but the disaster on the par-3 fourth followed.

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Bailey rebounded with three consecutive pars, then finished bogey-bogey.

Matt NeSmith of North Augusta, S.C. had the day’s opening round with a five-under 65. A total of 53 players shot par or better.

— Bob West

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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