Clemson’s Capps, Kennerly Begin U.S. Amateur

Clemson, S.C. (CU SID) — Clemson senior Miller Capps and graduate Billy Kennerly, both had outstanding first rounds at the 2015 United States Amateur at Olympia Fields Golf Club near Chicago, Ill. Capps fired an even-par 70 in the opening round, while Kennerly, who has used up his eligibility at Clemson, had a one over par 71. Both golfers are under the 64 player cut that will be held after Tuesday‘s second round of stroke play. The top 64 players will advance to match play on Wednesday. The field of 312 golfers will play one round on the North Course and one round on the South Course over the first two days. Capps and Kennerly both played the par 70 North Course. Capps had a one over par 37 on the front nine, then made a birdie on the par four 10th hole to get back to even par. The native of Denver, N.C. then closed his round with eight consecutive pars to finish at even par 70, good enough for 30th place. Kennerly shot an even par 36 on the front nine, but made bogeys on the 11th and 15th holes before making an impressive birdie on the 240-yard yard par three 17th hole. The native of Alpharetta, Ga closed with a 71 and is in a tie for 49th place. Carson Young, who will be a junior at Clemson this year, also made the field for this year‘s tournament and had an opening round 77.

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