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SCV sees mixed start to U.S. Amateur

Valencia grad Jonathan Chang t-44 after round one

Posted: August 11, 2014 10:50 p.m.
Updated: August 11, 2014 10:50 p.m.
 

Valencia graduate Jonathan Chang is right in the thick of things after one day at the U.S. Amateur Championship on Monday in Johns Creek, Ga.

His opening round of even par 72 on the Atlanta Athletic Club Riverside Course puts him tied for 44th headed into today’s second and final day of stroke play.

The Rutgers University sophomore needs to remain in the top 64 to advance to the match play tournament, which begins Wednesday.

Fellow Santa Clarita Valley product J.J. Holen struggled through his first round on Monday, shooting a 5-over on the same course to put him in a tie for 207th place in a field of 312 players.

Holen, a West Ranch High graduate, is 11 strokes behind the three co-leaders at 6-under.

Coming off a solid sophomore season at Long Beach State, Holen has a lot of work to do today to make the cut.

Both Holen and Chang are former Signal All-Santa Clarita Valley Golfers of the Year and both qualified for the tournament at Valencia Country Club in July.

Monday’s round was a steady one for Chang. He bogeyed the ninth hole, birdied 15 and had nothing but pars other than that.

Holen birdied just one hole on Monday, No. 18, but had plenty of slip-ups in the 17 holes prior. He opened his round with a bogey on the lengthy 618-yard par-5 first hole and added three more bogeys on 5, 11 and 15 with a double-bogey tacked on at the 16th.

Today, Holen tees off at 5:10 a.m. Pacific Time and Chang follows at 10 a.m. Both players will switch to Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course today as the tournament is being split between the two.

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