BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Lipscomb’s Dawson Armstrong opened play in the 2016 USGA U.S. Amateur with a first-round -6, 64 to sit atop the field of 311 of the world’s best amateur golfers at the Oakland Hills Country Club on Monday.
“I felt really at peace today, just relaxed, really just went out there with a calm mindset and just kind of took it a shot at a time, didn't try to get ahead of myself, and it worked,” said Armstrong.
The rising junior fired off seven birdies en route to a personal low round of action in a tournament.
“I've shot a lot of 65s but I've never shot 64 in a tournament, so it feels really good to finally reach that hump,” said Armstrong.
The Brentwood, Tennessee native will continue action alongside teammate Stoney Crouch, who carded a +6, 76, on Tuesday in the final round of stroke play.
“I've got to stay just as patient as I did today,” said Armstrong. “I didn't really make any long putts, so I mean, it wasn't really a matter of patience. It was a matter of just confidence on the course, but tomorrow is definitely going to have to be a lot of patience patient, trying to stay even more within myself and at peace with myself.”
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