Charles Osborne pulls off big turnaround with 64 at Bandon Trails, makes U.S. Am bracket

Charles Osborne bookended his second round of the U.S. Amateur, at Bandon Trails in Bandon Dunes, Oregon, in a rather lackluster way. The (...)

Charles Osborne pulls off big turnaround with 64 at Bandon Trails, makes U.S. Am bracket

Charles Osborne bookended his second round of the U.S. Amateur, at Bandon Trails in Bandon Dunes, Oregon, in a rather lackluster way. The SMU junior had a bogey at the first and back-to-back bogeys to close.

But oh, how glorious it was in between.

Osborne erased his opening-hole mistake with a birdie at the par-5 fifth hole on Trails, the most inland course among the Bandon line-up, and the one with arguably the most Oregon-ey feel of them all. His birdie two holes later at the fifth hole kicked off a stretch six consecutive birdies. He added three more from Nos. 14-16 before coming back with bogeys at Nos. 17 and 18 to finish with a 7-under 64 that tied the competitive course record set a day earlier by Oklahoma State player Aman Gupta.

A few hours after Osborne brought in his 64, Alabama’s Wilson Furr went even lower. His second-round 62 on Bandon Trails included 11 birdies and two bogeys, and set the new course record.  

The most interesting thing about Osborne’s day, perhaps, was that he was just coming off an opening 77 on Bandon Dunes. The 20-year-old said he didn’t feel like he even played all that badly in his opening round on the opposite course.

Chalk that up to the wind. Osborne, who also goes by Ollie, teed off in the first round at 1:03 p.m. In other words, he was in one of the last groups to go off. Scores in the afternoon wave were considerably higher, even though the two courses had nearly identical stroke averages on the opening day: 75.58 for Bandon Dunes and 75.60 for Bandon Trails.

“I kind of turned on the back nine, and on 11 I think the wind was blowing easily 35 into, and that’s how it stayed on the back nine,” he explained. “I actually played good golf and liked how I was swinging, so I came out here and did the same thing. The course was – like it’s in the trees and then the wind was down this morning, so happy to take advantage of it, and the putter was rolling, too.”

Osborne’s precision with his approach shots allowed him to go deep on Bandon Trails. He said he hit nearly everything to 10 or 15 feet, and then the putts started dropping.

The round could have even been lower. After sticking a 9-iron to inside 20 feet on No. 9, he burned the edge for eagle.

By the time he was done, Osborne was 2 under for stroke play and safely into match play. He was a handful of shots behind SMU teammate McClure Meissner, who had carved out a share of the first-round lead and was still playing his way around Trails.

Osborne, a Reno, Nevada, native ranked No. 463 in the world, finished fourth individually at The Prestige in February. It’s one of the deepest fields in college golf. He won the Royal Oaks Collegiate in October.

“Before in Reno there’s not a lot of competition, so it was really fun to go down to Texas and actually see some players that can kind of kick you around a little bit,” he said. “It was humbling, but it also made me a lot better as a player.”

So much of being successful this week will depend on the ability to control ball flight and manage high winds, particularly once match play sends the entire 64-man bracket back to Bandon Dunes for the remainder of the week.

Meissner, the other SMU player, brought a little of his Texas upbringing to Bandon this week, and it made all the difference in the first round. Meissner fired his round of 8-under 64 on Bandon Dunes, but had the luxury of a 9:01 a.m. tee time.

Still, he knows what to do this week.

“So I was talking to some of the guys in my group today,” Meissner said after Monday’s first round, “and I was like, yeah, in the springtime in Dallas, it blows 15, 20, 25, so it feels – although I don’t play this grass a lot – it feels like a home game for me just because I’m able to kind of be creative. That’s kind of where I excel.”

How to watch

Wednesday Aug. 12 (Round of 64 matches): 6-7 p.m., Peacock (streaming); 7-9 p.m., Golf Channel

Thursday, Aug. 13 (Round of 16 matches): 6-7 p.m., Peacock; 7-9 p.m., Golf Channel

Friday, Aug. 14 (Quarterfinals matches): 6-7 p.m., Peacock; 7-9 p.m., Golf Channel

Saturday, Aug. 15 (Semifinal matches): 7-10 p.m., Golf Channel

Sunday, Aug. 16 (Championship match): 7-10 p.m., Golf Channel

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Wilson Furr brings in red-hot 62 for a piece of history and a U.S. Amateur medal

There are low rounds available at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort – that much was made clear in the first 48 hours at the U.S. Amateur along (...)

Wilson Furr brings in red-hot 62 for a piece of history and a U.S. Amateur medal

There are low rounds available at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort – that much was made clear in the first 48 hours at the U.S. Amateur along Oregon’s Pacific coast.

Playing in one of the final groups on the resort’s Bandon Trails in Tuesday’s second and final round of stroke-play qualifying, Alabama senior Wilson Furr brought in a 9-under 62 that not only made Bandon history but U.S. Amateur history. In 120 years of this championship, only one score has been lower in stroke play.

The course record left Furr somewhat speechless. It also earned him this week’s stroke-play medal and the No. 1 seed in the match-play portion that begins Wednesday with 64 players and ends Sunday with the televised crowning of a champion.

“We were just trying to run our game plan all day, and I just started hitting it close and a couple putts went in, and then kind of looked up and we were 7-under through 12,” he said. “Like I said, it just kind of happened real fast, so I don’t know what to say really.”


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Furr effectively stole the thunder from a handful of players who had impressed with low rounds of their own, namely Aman Gupta and Charles Osborne, who had already put their names on the Bandon Trails competitive course record – each with a 64; Gupta on Monday, Osborne earlier Tuesday – before Furr came along and shattered it again.

McClure Meissner also opened with an 8-under 64 on the resort’s namesake course, Bandon Dunes, before falling back to a 74 Tuesday on Trails. He still safely made it into match play, finishing T-7 in the qualifying rounds.

Asked how his round of 62 rates among his best all-time, Furr relayed some skepticism about his ability to score on Bandon Trails.

“It’s funny, I was telling my dad walking up 18, I was worried about that course,” he said. “I felt like I had a good eye for the other course, but I was worried about this place. I felt like it could come up and bite you, so here we are. It didn’t.”

This will be Furr’s first appearance on a U.S. Amateur match-play bracket.

Experience was represented elsewhere near the top of the bracket. Among Tuesday’s best rounds was Scott Harvey’s 5-under 67 on Bandon Dunes. The 42-year-old combined with Todd Mitchell in May 2019 to win the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball here. This week was Harvey’s 10th U.S. Amateur start, and he also won the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur.

Before this week, Harvey last competed at the 2019 Mid-Amateur in September.

“I just came out and honestly hadn’t played any golf at all,” he said of his T-7 in the stroke-play qualifier. “Just started practicing a little bit leading up to it, and each day kind of felt a little bit better, and today some putts went in. Wouldn’t that be cool if it kept happening? But yeah, I had a great day when I needed one.”

Stewart Hagestad, Kevin O’Connell, Andres Schonbaum and Derek Busby are Harvey’s fellow mid-amateurs on the bracket. Otherwise, much of it is made up of college talent.

Behind Furr at 11 under, Michigan State’s James Piot got to 9-under with a second-round 65 on Bandon Dunes that was good for the No. 2 seed. Behind that, North Carolina State’s Ben Shipp took the No. 3 seed at 8 under.

Defending champion Andy Ogletree came up one shot short of the match-play cut, but last year’s runner-up John Augenstein is firmly in with a 5-under total.

The list of notables who missed match play doesn’t end with Ogletree. Cole Hammer, a semifinalist in 2018 after winning the Western Amateur weeks earlier, missed U.S. Amateur match play for the second year in a row.

Sunnehanna winner Preston Summerhays missed, as did Wake Forest standout Alex Fitzpatrick, a GB&I Walker Cupper in 2019. Put U.S. Walker Cupper John Pak, a Florida State player, in the miss category along with William Holcomb V, who had a magical run to the semifinals in 2019 and the North & South final just over a month ago.

Recent Western Amateur champion Pierceson Coody, along with his twin brother, Parker, missed match play too.

How to watch

Wednesday Aug. 12 (Round of 64 matches): 6-7 p.m., Peacock (streaming); 7-9 p.m., Golf Channel

Thursday, Aug. 13 (Round of 16 matches): 6-7 p.m., Peacock; 7-9 p.m., Golf Channel

Friday, Aug. 14 (Quarterfinals matches): 6-7 p.m., Peacock; 7-9 p.m., Golf Channel

Saturday, Aug. 15 (Semifinal matches): 7-10 p.m., Golf Channel

Sunday, Aug. 16 (Championship match): 7-10 p.m., Golf Channel

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