By Jay Skurski
On top: Justin Shin, a 21-year-old from Hamilton, Ont.,
fired a 6-under-par round of 64 that included a 29 on the back nine. Shin
birdided five of his final six holes.
In the hunt: Beau Hossler, and 18-year-old from Mission
Viejo, Calif., and Tyler Dunlap, a 20-year-old from Trophy Club, Texas, shot
5-under 65 to sit one shot back. Both Hossler and Dunlap are ranked in the top
100 of the Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings, Hossler at 92nd
and Dunlap at 98th.
Tough finish: Patrick Rodgers, the 2011 champion, was even
for his round on the 16th tee, but made a bogey on the par-3 16th
hole and followed that with a double bogey on the par-4 17th to fall
to 3-over 73 for his round, in a tie for 46th.
Marquee groupings: Defending champion Richy Werenski, Denny
McCarthy and Michael Johnson go off at 9:20 a.m. today, followed by the
grouping of Hossler, Gavin Hall and Charlie Bull at 9:30, then Rodgers, Max
Homa and Benjamin Taylor at 9:40 a.m.
By the numbers: The scoring average for the 84 players in
the field was 72.37. There were 15 players to turn in rounds under par. The
toughest hole was the 463-yard par-4 fifth hole, at an average of 4.44 strokes, while the 552-yard par-5 third
hole played the easiest, at 4.62 strokes.
Friday forecast: Sunny, high of 75 degrees. Winds 10-15 mph.