Central's Carson Bacha soars up U.S. Amateur leader board, but falls short of match play
Carson Bacha showed a 13-stroke improvement during the second round of the U.S. Amateur golf tournament.
Unfortunately for the rising Central York High School senior, it wasn't enough to earn him a berth in the match-play portion of the event, which is the top amateur golf championship in the nation.
The Auburn University recruit shot a 2-over-par 72 in the second round at Pinehurst No. 4 in North Carolina. That was markedly better than the 15-over-par 85 he fired in the first round at the treacherous Pinehurst No. 2 layout designed by Donald Ross, which has played host to three U.S. Open Championships since 1999.
In the second round at Pinehurst No. 4, Bacha started off with a double bogey and then played even par after that. He had five birdies, including four on the back nine when fired a 2-under-par 33. He didn't have a single birdie during the first round at Pinehurst No. 2.
Showing improvement on Pinehurst No. 4 was not unusual. The scoring average on Pinehurst No. 2 was nearly four shots higher than on Pinehurst No. 4 (77.1 on No. 2 compared to 73.4 on No. 4).
Overall, Bacha's 157 total tied for 157th in the 312-man field. He soared up the leader board in the second round. After his first round he was buried near the bottom of the field. Only the top 64 players earned berths in the match-play portion of the event.
American Brandon Wu was the top qualifier in stroke play with a 3-under 137 total. The cut line to make the match-play field came at 145.
Hole-in-one at Briarwood West: York's Paul Ettline had a hole-in-one at Briarwood West on Tuesday.
Ettline used a pitching wedge to ace the 115-yard fifth hole. It was his first-ever ace. It was witnessed by Brian Snook and Ben Redding.
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