BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – After leading the field on Monday at the 116th USGA U.S. Amateur Championship, Lipscomb’s Dawson Armstrong carded an even-par, 70 on Tuesday to finish the opening rounds of stroke play tied for second at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Missing medalist honors by just one stroke, the Brentwood, Tennessee native battled tough weather conditions early in the day but easily advanced to match play in the championship which begins on Wednesday. The field of 312 was trimmed to 64 on Tuesday for the next round of competition that will air live on FS1 beginning at 2 p.m.
“I'm really confident in my match play game,” said Armstrong. “I'm not saying that I'm definitely going to win. It's going to be a challenge every single match, but I feel like I've done very well in the past in match play, so I feel really confident. I think I've got a mindset of let's just find a way to get it done.”
Expectations for Armstrong were high this summer after his lofty reaches in the summer of 2015 saw him win the Western Amateur and the Dogwood Invitational, but heading into this week the junior had not found his groove
“I think I'm much better than I was last summer,” said Armstrong. “This week has been the first week all summer that I've actually had the mindset of let's relax and actually play golf, not worry about the external values and everything like that.
“I do feel like my game is better. I've said it all summer, been practicing harder than last summer, been practicing more intentional than last summer. I just feel like the game is better. Putting is better, driving is better, wedges. Everything is tighter. The mental game hasn't been there as much this summer, and you know, it was there for two or three weeks last year, and the results have shown last year that I've played better last year than this year, but I feel very confident that I'm getting better every single year.”
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