Raymond shot a 67 at The Country Club in the opening round Monday and followed it with another at the 6,547-yard, par-70 Charles River Country Club yesterday to share the medalist honors with Watt, who shot 68 and 66. Fitzpatrick began at Charles River with a 67 and followed it with a 70 at the par-70, 7,310-yard TCC to wind up in a tie for third with Australian Oliver Goss and Justin Shin of Canada.
Nick Hardy, a Northbrook, Ill., high school senior who had the low score after the first round, followed an opening 65 with a 73 and was among three players tied for sixth at 2-under.
The top 49 golfers advanced to a six-round match play tournament, with the 17 who were tied at 4-over scheduled for a playoff this morning for the remaining 15 spots.
“The tourney starts tomorrow,” Watt said. “I love match play. I have played a lot of match play tournaments. The key will be to strike the ball well, but that’s the secret in playing golf.”
Defending champion Steven Fox finished at 6-over and missed the cut, as did Anthony Maccaglia despite a hole-in-one with a 5-iron at the 179-yard, par-3, 16th hole at TCC.
It is the 17th known hole-in-one in the history of the U.S. Amateur, the USGA said.