CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — Making the cut at the American Amateur is extremely difficult. So much so that only one in five golfers can match the game.
What started Monday morning with 312 players across two sites is down to 64 at the 2023 US Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club. Cut came in at 1 over, but that doesn’t mean the matchplay bracket is set.
For a while it looked like there would be a 15-to-1 playoff on Wednesday morning, but some late scoring adjustments resulted in exactly 64 players making the cut, meaning the game will begin at 11 a.m. ET Wednesday at Cherry Hills.
The 1 over and worse pack their bags. Meanwhile, there was a tie for three medals, including the youngest ever to win medals at the US Amateur.
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Here’s a look at which notable amateurs didn’t make the cut at the US Amateur.
Kazuma Kobori (1 over)
The Elite Amateur Series Cup winner and Western Amateur champion was the victim of a late cut-line shift and will miss match play.
Stewart Hagestad (1 over)
Hagestad, the famous 32-year-old Mid-Amateur, had a crazy back nine and got up-and-down from 200 yards on the final hole to move into 1 over after a 66 at Cherry Hills, but unfortunately he will miss match play , where he had been a quarter-finalist in two of the past three years.
Mac McClear (3 over)
McClear entered the US Amateur on something of a hot streak. He won the Illinois State Amateur and made match play at the Western Amateur, but rounds of 72-74 were enough to send him home early.
Frederik Kjettrup (3 over)
Florida State senior Frederik Kjettrup didn’t play badly in Colorado, carding rounds of 72-74, but it wasn’t enough to advance to match play.
Barclay Brown (4 over)
Brown, who is ranked No. 25 in WAGR, had a bad Monday at Cherry Hills, shooting 77. He bounced back Tuesday and shot 70 at Colorado Golf Club, but it wasn’t enough.
Bryan Kim (4 over)
Kim, the 2023 U.S. Junior Amateur winner, shot 4 over on Friday at Colorado Golf Club to end up missing the cut after an even opening day at Cherry Hills.
Michael Brennan (6 overs)
Brennan, ranked No. 18 in the WAGR, shot rounds of 76 and 73 and didn’t help any last-minute issues to make the Walker Cup team.
Harrison Crowe (9 over)
Crowe, who won the Asian-Pacific Amateur last fall, shot rounds of 77-75 and will miss match play.
John Gough (11 overs)
Gough, ranked 11th in WAGR, is the highest-ranked player heading home early after struggling in the Mile High City. He shot a 79 on Monday at Cherry Hills before a 75 at Colorado Golf Club.
Christiaan Maas (12 over)
The Western Amateur runner-up couldn’t find his stride in Colorado. The rising sophomore at Texas shot rounds of 74-81.