Shih leads qualifiers at Haworth U.S. Open LQR
HAWORTH, N.J. (May 8, 2017) – Harrison Shih, originally from Saddle River, N.J., and now of Bluffton, S.C., earned medalist honors at Haworth Country Club behind a 5-under 67, leading a total of five qualifiers from Monday’s local qualifying round.
Shih—the former Columbia Lion and 2016 Ivy League Player of the Year— turned in 2-under and continued the strong play on his inward nine, scoring four more birdies to one bogey.
Close behind were 2008 Ike champion Kevin Foley of Somerville, N.J., and Chris Belair of Canada, with 4-under 68s. Foley caught fire on the inward nine, registering six birdies. Meanwhile, Belair played consistently with a pair of 34s.
Amateur Lloyd Jefferson Go, a senior from Seton Hall University that hails from the Philippines, fired a 3-under 69 to take solo fourth and advance. He began with a bogey on the first, but quickly settled in with birdies on four of his next nine holes. Another amateur, Evan Quinn of Morristown, N.J., claimed the final spot in a playoff after finishing the day at 2-under 70. Quinn, a freshman at Princeton, held off Matthew Dubrowski of Bergenfield, N.J., in a playoff for the advancing position.
Dubrowski took the first alternate spot, while amateur Mark Goodall of Tomkins Cove, N.Y., earned the second alternate position in a playoff after firing 1-under 71 on the day.
Haworth Country Club played to a par 72 at 6786 yards for a starting field of 79 players.
The remaining local qualifiers conducted by the MGA will take place Wednesday, May 10, at Green Brook Country Club in North Caldwell, N.J., and Tuesday, May 16, at North Shore Country Club in Glen Head, N.Y.