PINEHURST, N.C. – Eph senior Sam Goldenring will tee off Monday afternoon in his second consecutive U.S. Amateur Championship as part of a field of 312 players from around the world. The 119th U.S. Amateur Championship is being played at The Pinehurst Golf resort on Course No. 2 and Course No. 4.
The field of 312 international players will play 36 holes of stroke play before the tournament format switches to match play for the final rounds with 128 players qualifying for the match play format.
This year's championship features eleven former U.S. Amateur champions and there are sixty-one international golfers representing 27 countries are in the field. Forty-one states and the District of Columbia are also represented and California leads with 44 entrants. Goldenring, a resident of Florham Park, N.J., is one of four golfers representing The Garden State.
Last year in his U. S. Amateur debut in California, Goldenring came up two shots short of qualifying for the match play portion of the championship.
Fifty-five of the entrants have bios listed on the U.S. Amateur site and Goldenring is one of the players who has a bio listed and you can read that bio here:
"Sam Goldenring, 21, of Florham Park, N.J., will be competing in his second consecutive U.S. Amateur. He is a senior at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned All-New England Small College Athletic Conference and Ping All-Northeast Region honors for a third consecutive year. As a junior, Goldenring won the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship, which was his fourth victory of the season."
The U.S. Amateur bio left out that Sam Goldenring is the first Eph to win the NCAA men's individual title and only the second Eph men's golfer to earn All-America honors twice in his career.
|Sam Goldenring placing a tee shot with an iron in the fairway.|
Goldenring will tee off Monday from the first tee on Pinehurst Course No. 2 at 12:51 PM and he will play with two Americans. Playing with Goldenring during round one will be Charlie Flynn who hails from Shreveport, Louisiana and Cullen Plousha who hails from Carlsbad, California and will be a junior this fall at Colorado State University.
Eph golf coach Josh Hillman on hand for a couple of Goldenring's practice rounds and the first round of the tourney noted after Saturday's practice round on Pinehurst Course No. 2.
"Amazing first day on #2," said Hillman on Saturday. "Sam hit the ball well and developed a nice feel for how the course is playing. We worked on a few things and talked about the course. Overall, I think he is ready to go."
Sunday Goldenring had a morning practice round on Course No. 4. Goldenring with coach Hillman, Jake Goldenring, and Jake Hillman in tow were positioned behind three golfers from the University of Texas. Those three golfers representing the Longhorns were accompanied by four coaches!
A year ago, Jake Goldenring '15 was able to caddy for Sam in his U.S. Amateur debut, but this year with the demands of medical school Jake was only able to visit for a few days.
Looking ahead to teeing off tomorrow in his second U.S. Amateur Championship Sam Goldenring stated, "All in all my game feels pretty solid. I've been working on a few things in my swing throughout the week and it has all come together nicely."
"Both of these courses are just flat out hard," added Goldenring. "You really have to be laser focused off the tee, into the green like any championship course, but these are probably the hardest green complexes I've ever played. I have to be incredibly precise on my shots into, on, and around the greens in the runoff areas. More importantly, you can't force anything. If you're out of position the hero shot will only get you into more trouble. Staying patient will be critical for me."
"Even though both courses are difficult, if I put myself in good position off the tee and my irons and wedges are where they usually are, I can certainly post some good scores over the next few days. There will be a lot of birdies but I know there will also be some bogeys over the next 36 holes but I'm looking forward to the challenge."
|L to R: Sam Goldenring '20, Jake Hillman '29 & Jake Goldenring '15|
Goldenring has played a lot of golf this summer and most recently he competed in the Western Amateur out in Michigan, where he did not advance to the final rounds.
"I ended up missing the cut out in Michigan but that was a blessing in disguise," Goldenring said. "It gave me more time to rest my body after a long summer of golf and travel. I was also able to work with my swing coach a lot at home to iron out some issues which crept into my swing."
Josh Hillman who accompanied Goldenring on his practice rounds on Course No. 2 and Course No. 4 stated, "Sam has had two really nice practice rounds and both courses suit his eye. He plays hard courses really well and both of these courses are difficult. Sam lead NCAA DIII in pars last year and that kind of game will be beneficial to him here at Pinehurst".
"There are a few spots where we talked about how to approach the hole but all in all we decided you need to leave he ball in the right spot to score."
"Sam has come a long, long way in the time I have known and worked with him. He has really matured as a golfer and he is in control of both his mind and swing. I think he will play well this week and make both himself and Williams proud."