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Migdal misses cut at 117th U.S. Amateur Championship

By: Warren Mayes

Ballwin’s Sam Migdal missed the cut in the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship being played in California.

The cut was 144. Migdal shot a 155 over two days of stroke play.

Migdal, 25, opened with a 78 at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles. He followed it with a 77 at The Riviera Country Club in Palisades, Calif.

Both courses played at par 70 for the championship.

Riviera, the host site of the 1948 U.S. Open, won by Ben Hogan, and the 1998 U.S. Senior Open, won by Hale Irwin, played at 7,272 yards.

Bel-Air, which hosted the U.S. Amateur the last time it was played in Southern California in 1976, as well as the 2004 U.S. Senior Amateur, played at 6,757 yards.

It was Migdal’s first time to compete in the U.S. Amateur.

Migdal, aDe Smt graduate who is a sales representative for a business products solution company,  has enjoyed a solid summer of golf.

He won this year’s Missouri Stroke Play Championship by two strokes with a total of 3-under 285 and was the runner-up to Brad Nurski in the Missouri Amateur. He also won the Old Warson Cup to start the local golf season.

He won the 2015 NCAA Division II Championship and earned first-team All-America honors as a senior at the University of Central Missouri.

Migdal was among the 312 golfers to play in the 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship.

Oklahoma State University junior Hayden Wood, of Edmond, Okla., broke the 36-hole stroke-play qualifying record with a total of 131 to earn medalist honors in the tournament.

Playing in his second U.S. Amateur, Wood posted a 3-under-par 67 that included four birdies and a bogey at Bel-Air Country Club, which followed his 6-under 64 at The Riviera Country Club in the first round.

The championship’s 36-hole stroke-play record had been 132, shared by Hank Kim in 1994, Gregor Main in 2011 and Bobby Wyatt in 2012.

The U.S. Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.


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