The local contingent at the U.S. Amateur struggled over the two course at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. and failed to make the cut for match play.
Kyle Sterbinsky, the medalist at the Golf Association of Philadelphia supervised qualifier at White Manor Country Club and Aronimink Golf Club, bounced back from an opening-round 77 Monday at the 7,334-yard, par-70 South Course, with an even-par 70 at the 6,849-yard, par-70 North Course for a 147 total.
The cut fell at 2-over 142 and 23 players will go at it for the final eight spots in match play Wednesday morning at the North Course with match play among the 64 survivors set to tee off at the South Course, which has hosted six U.S. Open Championships. Both courses are Donald Ross designs.
Sterbinsky, a Peddie School product who plays out of Huntingdon Valley Country Club, had an outstanding freshman season at Wake Forest.
Aronimink’s Michael Davis, a junior at Princeton, had a second-round 74 at the South Course after a 76 at the North Monday for a 150 total.
Spring Mill Country Club’s Christopher Crawford, who earned a berth in the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club earlier this summer, had a 77 at the North Tuesday after an opening-round 78 at the South for a 155 total. Crawford completed the finest career in the history of the Drexel program in the spring.
One player who came out of the White Manor/Aronimink qualifier did make match play. Matt Oshrine, a senior at Duke from Baltimore, fired a 2-under 68 at the South Tuesday to go with his 71 at the North for a 1-under 139 total.
Henry Shimp, a prized incoming freshman at Stanford from Charlotte, N.C., arrived at Oakland Hills via the White Manor/Aronimink qualifier. He had a 74 at the North Tuesday after an opening-round 75 at the South for a 149 total.
The last of the five players who made it out of the White Manor/Aronimink qualifier, recent Flagler College graduate Michael Boss of Lewiston, N.Y., added a 78 at the South Tuesday to an opening-round 77 at the North for a 155 total.
Pittsburgh's Nathan Smith, who will arrive at Stonewall next month looking for his fifth U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, missed the playoff for match play by a shot. Smith had a 2-over 72 at the South after a 71 at the North for a 3-over 143 total.
Also at 143 was Penn State sophomore Ryan Dornes, a former Manheim Township standout. Dornes also had a 72 at the South Tuesday after opening with a 71 at the North.
Dornes was joined by three other Nittany Lions in the field. He was joined at 143 by Geoff Vartelas, a spring graduate out of Cromwell, Conn. Vartelas got off to a great start with a 2-under 68 at the South Course Monday, but fell back with a 75 Tuesday at the North.
Chris Houston, like Vartelas a spring graduate at Penn State, had a 71 at the North Tuesday after opening with a 75 at the South for a 146 total. Houston is from Gilford, N.H.
J.D. Hughes, a sophomore from Carlisle, had a 76 at the North Tuesday after a solid opening-round 72 at the South for a 148 total. Hughes transferred into the Penn State program and had to sit out the 2015-’16 season.
Medalist honors went to Alex Smalley, a sophomore at Duke from Chapel Hill, N.C. Smalley, a left-hander, fired a 2-under 68 at the South Course Tuesday after an outstanding 5-under 65 at the North Course for a 7-under 133 total. The 133 total is tied for the second lowest ever in U.S. Amateur qualifying.
Dawson Armstrong, a junior at Lipscomb from Brentwood, Tenn., had opened with a 6-under 64 at the North Course Monday and matched par with a 70 at the South Tuesday to finish in a tie for second, a shot behind Smalley at 6-under 134.
He was joined at that figure by Texas senior Gavin Hall of Pittsford, N.Y. Hall had a 5-under 65 at the North Monday and a 1-under 69 at the South.
Also on the USGA front, LedgeRock Golf Club’s Chip Lutz, the reigning U.S. Senior Amateur champion, finished up at the rain-delayed U.S. Senior Open at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio Monday with an even-par 70.
Lutz, the only amateur to make the cut, finished in a tie for 37th at 10-over 290, 13 shots behind the champion Gene Sauers, who finished at 3-under 277 on a Scioto layout that proved to be a tough test for the best senior golfers on the planet.
Lutz’s game will be in fine form when he tees it up in the U.S. Mid-Amateur next month at Stonewall. His showing at the U.S. Senior Open comes on the heels of his third win in The Seniors Amateur Championship at Fomby Golf Club in England.