Oland Opens at Even Par at U.S. Amateur

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Midwestern State's Derek Oland fired an even-par 72 and is tied for 44th after the opening round of the 2014 United States Amateur Championship.

The senior from McKinney, Texas/Boyd is six strokes off the lead after the first of two rounds of stroke play in the amateur championship.

Sam Horsfield, a native of Manchester, England who is a high school senior in Davenport, Fla., and Kennesaw State senior Jimmy Beck lead the tournament after posting rounds of 6-under par on Monday. Beck shot a 65 on the par 71 Highlands Course, while Horsfield posted a 66 on the par 72 Riverside Course. High school senior Cameron Young of Scarborough, N.J., is fourth at 4-under after a 68 at Riverside.

Leading off the tournament Monday morning as the first off the 10th tee of the par 72, 7,437 yards Riverside Course of the Atlanta Athletic Club, Oland opened with a birdie on the 10th, but followed it with a bogey on the 11th.

Oland sank a birdie putt on the 14th and pared out the rest of the back side to make the turn at 1-under.

The MSU senior birdied longest hole on the course, collecting a four on the par 5, 618-yard first hole to drop to 2-under.

But he gave back both strokes with a bogey six on the third hole and a bogey five on the fifth.

Oland stayed level the rest of the way to sit even after the first round.

Oland plays in the second round beginning at 11:45 a.m. Texas time on Tuesday on the par 71, 7,374-yard Highlands Course of the AAC.

The field will be cut to the top 64 players after the second round, and the format changed to match play to determine the national amateur champion.

Oland is the first active MSU golfer to compete in the U.S. Amateur Championship.