Hardy grabs early lead at U.S. Amateur

Updated: August 12, 2013

Brookline, MA (Sports Network) – Nick Hardy carded a 5-under 65 on Monday to
grab a 1-stroke lead after the first round of stroke play at the U.S. Amateur

Hardy played his first round at Charles River Country Club and posted six
birdies, including three straight from the 13th, around a lone bogey. The 17-
year-old will play Tuesday’s round at the tournament’s other site, The Country

“I gave myself a lot of opportunities at the beginning of the round and I
birdied No. 4 and No. 8,” Hardy said. “I also hit a lot of fairways and greens
to get off to a good start. Good ball-striking is one of my strengths.”

Richy Werenski shot a 4-under 66 at Charles River to sit in second place,
while Neil Raymond, Matt Fitzpatrick, Bryson Dechambeau and Tyler Klava all
carded 3-under 67s to share third.

Raymond was the lone member of that group to play his opening round at The
Country Club.

Jordan Niebrugge, who captured the title at this year’s U.S. Amateur Public
Links Championship, shot 69 at Charles River to own a share of 12th place.

Defending champion Steven Fox stumbled to a 2-over 72 during his opening round
at The Country Club to sit among a large group of players tied for 58th place.

The second round of stroke play is slated for Tuesday. The match-play portion
of the championship runs from Wednesday through Sunday’s 36-hole final.