Area Golfers Miss Western Amateur Cut
Contenders from Highland Park, Deerfield, Lake Forest and Winnetka fail to qualify for match plan in 113-year-old event.
None of the five North Shore golfers competing in the 156-player international field in the 113th annual Western Amateur Golf Tournament at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park advanced to the match play rounds today.
Starting the day in 136th place after shooting an opening round 79 Tuesday, Highland Park’s Kyle Kopsick came back with a four-under par 68 for a 36-hole total of 147 putting him in 82nd place.
The top 44 golfers as well as those tied for that spot advanced to today’s 36-hold match play competition. Three players—Bennett Lavin of Deerfield, Andrew Price of Lake Forest and Blake Johnson of Winnetka—were on the cusp after the first day.
Lavin fell from 46th to 108th with a second round 76 after opening with a 73. Price, who was tied with Lavin, shot 77 Wednesday to finish medal play at 108th. Johnson ended up113th after being in 29th place by firing 79 after starting with a 72.
State high school champion Joe Willis of Lake Forest stayed at 127th as he improved his second day score to 75 from 78.
The remaining field will be narrowed to 16 after today’s play. The round of 16 and the quarterfinals will be played Friday with the semifinals and finals Saturday.
The tournament was first played in 1899. The international field includes people from as far away as Spain, Australia and Malaysia.