DALY CITY, Calif. -- Four players shot a two-under-par 68 to
take the lead at the U.S. Amateur on Monday as fog plagued the
tournament's first round at the Olympic Club south of San
Kyle Ellis, Kyle Dickey, Nathan Tyler and Andy Mickelson were
among the half of the 315-golfer field who managed to complete a
full 18 holes, while the rest were still out on the two courses
when darkness halted play. The field will be cut to 64 players
after 36 holes, when the format switches to match play.
A thick morning fog delayed the start of the first round by four
hours, which may crimp the schedule for the next few days. Not all
players will have likely completed the first two rounds by Tuesday
night and will have to finish Wednesday morning, when match play
was set to begin.
"There's nothing you can do about the weather. A lot of guys
were probably thinking about the delay, but I didn't want that to
bother me," said Ellis, who will be a senior at Mississippi.
Ellis recorded his 68 on the slightly easier Ocean Course, as
did his three co-leaders, Dickey, Tyler and Mickelson. Mickelson,
who played on the Hooters tour but regained his amateur status in
2005, is not related to PGA golfer Phil Mickelson.
Jonathan Hodge was four under through nine holes on the tougher
Lake Course. Gary Wolstenhome, an Englishman who beat Tiger Woods
in the Walker Cup in 1995 and is a two-time British Amateur
champion, was three under through nine holes on the Ocean Course.
Jason Kokrak, who qualified for this year's U.S. Open, was two
under par through nine holes on the Lake Course, as was Josh
Anderson. They are scheduled to finish their first round Tuesday
Sihwan Kim, who won the Junior Amateur at the Olympic Club in
2004, shot a 73 on the Ocean Course, putting him in position to
advance to match play.
Forecasters are calling for more fog Tuesday morning, but USGA
officials are hopeful that the weather will not cause more delays.
This year's tournament is the third U.S. Amateur to be played at
the Olympic Club, where Charles Coe defeated Tommy Aaron five and
four in 1958, and Nathanial Crosby, son of the late Bing Crosby,
beat Brian Lindley on the 37th hole in 1981.