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Ben Geyer and several golfers tied the course record at the U.S. Amateur
Ben Geyer and several golfers tied the course record at the U.S. Amateur
Geyer One Stroke Off Lead At U.S. Amateur
Release: Friday 08/23/2011 
by SMC Athletics

Erin, Wisc. -- Saint Mary's junior Ben Geyer tied the competitive course record with an incredible 6-under par 66 today and sits in a tie for second place in the weather-delayed U.S. Amateur Championship at Erin Hills.

Geyer is tied with two other golfers with a two-round total of 7-under par and is just one stroke behind leader Blake Biddle, who was among the roughly 150 golfers in the field who did not finish their round after weather delayed the start this morning.

"It was an awesome round," said Geyer, a native of Arbuckle, Calif.  "I hit it close the first five holes and made a couple of birdies early.  I lipped-out on hole six for par but it was a good putt and that got my putter going.  I hit it great all day with the exception of just a couple of not-so-great shots."

Teammate Mac McClung is among the golfers who have not completed their second round.  The Fremont, Calif. native is 4-over par after 27 holes and will finish on the front nine tomorrow at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club.

"It is great to be out here, along with Mac, representing Saint Mary's," said Geyer.  "Hopefully, I'm doing everyone proud.  I feel really fortunate to have shot the course record in a competitive round.  Having a chance to be medalist is just icing on the cake."

The top 64 finishers in the 315-golfer field will qualify to compete in the match play portion of the tournament, which, ultimately, determines the U.S. Amateur champion.  Earlier this summer, Geyer finished in a tie for 10th-place after stroke play and advanced to match play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships at Bandon Dunes.

"Tomorrow I just need to stay focused, play my game just one shot at a time and, hopefully, things will work themselves out." said Geyer.