PINEHURST, NC – The best way to forget an uncharacteristically difficult round of golf is to post a good round of golf and that is exactly what Eph senior Sam Goldenring did today in his second and final round at the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Today Goldenring had 13 pars, one birdie and four bogeys to finish with a three over 73.
Starting just before 8:00 AM on Course No. 4 Goldenring opened up with a par 5 on the 528-yard ninth hole and then recorded pars on 10 (4) and 11 (3) before recording a birdie on the par 4; 454-yard 12th hole to move to one under on the day through four holes.
Goldenring then rattled off three more pars on holes 13, 14 and 15, but on the 328-yard 16th hole par 4 he tallied a bogey to bring him back to even par.
With a par 5 on hole number 17 a 594-yard trek and a par 4 on the 481-yard 18th hole Goldenring made the turn on the back nine with an even par 35.
Moving to the front nine Goldenring notched a par 4 on the 452-yard first hole and then registered his fourth consecutive par when he recorded a 4 on the 523-yard second hole, keeping him at even par through 12 holes.
Goldenring was not done ringing up pars as he then parred the third hole, 436 yards, with a four and to remain at even par through 13 holes. Next Goldenring added a par 3 on the 147-yard fourth hole to his string of pars.
The par 4 fifth hole (487 yards) ended Goldenring's string of pars at six when he tallied a bogey five to put him at one over for the day through 15 holes. He also bogeyed the sixth and seventh holes to move the three over par.
On his final hole, hole number eight, on the front nine a par four, Goldenring fashioned a four for par and sealed his round at three over par.
Credit Goldenring for bouncing back in a strong manner after a very tough first day on Course No. 2 to post a respectable three over par 73 today. His two-day total of 159 left him 19 over par for his rounds on Course No. 2 and Course No. 4 and ended his participation in the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship.
"Obviously not the result I wanted this week but I'm proud of myself for how I handled all of the lows," Said Goldenring. "I didn't give up and that's all I could ever ask of myself."
"Golf is a crazy sport and sometimes you have your worst days when it matters the most. It's simply the nature of the game, but you can't let one bad round define you when there is always another round to be played to redeem yourself. I'm happy I was able to post a decent number on a difficult course today."
"I know I belong with the best amateurs in the country and I won't let this event shake that belief, Goldenring added. "If anything, it'll only make me work harder because I honestly believe there is no reason why I can't win this thing next year."
"I can't wait to get back to Williams for the fall season and get to work with my teammates on bringing home a national championship."
Goldenring will open his senior year at Williams this fall as the defending NCAA DIII individual champion and he will be aiming to return to the NCAA Championship field in the spring and his hope is that he will be accompanied by his teammates so the Ephs can make a run at the 2020 NCAA DIII team title.