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Indiana’s Seger fires 6-under 65 to take first-round lead at North & South Am

Indiana’s Will Seger fired a 6-under 65 to lead the 114th North & South Amateur after the first round at Pinehurst No. 8 on Tuesday.

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

SCORES

2nd ROUND PAIRINGS

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Remember David Erdy?

Will Seger does.

And it’s those memories that brought him to the 114th North & South Amateur at Pinehurst.

Seger, a rising sophomore at Indiana University, stole the thunder of defending North & South champion Andrew Dorn in the first round of play at Pinehurst No. 8 on Tuesday, roaring to a 6-under-par 65 to take a 3-shot lead over Rico Hoey and McCormick Clouser.

“I didn’t have a lot of great looks at birdie, but I just stuck to may gameplan of fairways and greens,” Seger said. “And my putting was really hot.”

No kidding.

Seger birdied the last three holes on the front nine – a stretch of four birdies in five holes. From there, he had three more birdies on the back on three par-4s on the 7,044-yard, par-71 layout.

“There were a lot of 3s,” Seger quipped.

It was a round reminiscent of another former Indiana star, Erdy, who finished as the North &South runner-up in 2011 before advancing to the semifinals in 2012. Seger remembers Erdy’s runs fondly, and drove him to compete in the North & South.

“I used to watch David’s scores online,” Seger said. “I thought, ‘I really, really want to play there.’”

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When the World Cup and the North & South Amateur Collide

 

Andres Schonbaum, an Argentinian golfer, watches his native country compete in the World Cup on a television at the Pinehurst No. 8 clubhouse during the 114th North & South Amateur.

Andres Schonbaum, an Argentinian golfer, watches his native country compete in the World Cup on a television at the Pinehurst No. 8 clubhouse during the 114th North & South Amateur.

Argentinian Andres Schonbaum arrived to Pinehurst No. 8 early Tuesday for the first round of the 114th North & South Amateur, hopeful to change his tee time to an earlier start.

Why?

He wanted to ensure he could watch the World Cup match between his native Argentina and Switzerland.

Alas, Schonbaum had to stick with his 8:33 a.m. time, but upon finishing his round at the 9th hole, raced to the No. 8 clubhouse to get in front of a TV.

“Like you grew up with a football, we grew up with futbols.” – Andres Schonbaum

He ordered a beer.

“I didn’t finish too well,” said the 23-year-old graduate of Jackson State. “I guess I was getting too anxious.”

When Angel Di Maria finally broke through with just 2 minutes remaining in extra time, however, Schonbaum jubilantly raised his arms in triumph. A smile creased a face reddened by equal parts Pinehurst sunshine and World Cup angst.

He, however, never felt fully safe until Switzerland’s last-effort free kick was cleared, allowing Schonbaum to stand, hold his hands together in a paryer motion, and quietly bow his head.

“That was scary,” he said.

“Our country is not doing well; the economy is terrible. This is the one time where we can all come together.” – Andres Schonbaum

Schonbaum explained why the match, which vaulted Argentina into the World Cup quarterfinals, meant so much to him – and his family, which still resides in Argentina.

“I’d compare it to the Super Bowl, only the World Cup is every four years, so it’s different,” he said. “That’s why it’s so special. Our country is not doing well; the economy is terrible. This is the one time where we can all come together.”

His 6-over 77 seemed like a long, long time ago.

“Like you grew up with a football, we grew up with futbols…or…”

Schonbaum adds a pause to find the word.

“Soccer balls.”

 

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Webb Simpson…and the one that got away

What’s the one trophy that got away from Webb Simpson? The one trophy he’ll never have a chance to compete for again? The one trophy a U.S. Open champion wishes he had on his mantle?

The one trophy they are competing for this week.

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The 114th North & South Amateur – The Contenders

Andrew Dorn is the 2013 North & South Amateur Champion.

No player entered into the 114th North and South Amateur Championship is coming to Pinehurst without dreams of adding his name to the distinguished list of champions. The longest consecutive running amateur championship in the United States, the North and South’s prestige has long been well documented, its past champions among the most recognizable and celebrated names in the history of golf.

Ward. Stranahan. Patton. Nicklaus. Strange. Sutton. Pavin. Love. (Related: “The North & South Locker Room: Golf’s Greatest are Here”)

Even those who haven’t won the Putter Boy trophy still agonize over the missed opportunity.

Before one of them etches his name in history on July 5, here’s a chance to get to know a few of the top players entered into the field. (Note: By no means do we think the champion will only come from this list. As Andrew Dorn proved last year, the field is always deep.)

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The Best in Photos from the 2014 U.S. Open

Here is a sampling of some of the best photos from the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Photo credit for each photo is The USGA. Tremendous work.

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