RUMFORD, Rhode Island – Amateur golf’s elite have gathered in the nation’s smallest state this week for the 55th renewal of the Northeast Amateur.
Among those on hand at Wannamoisett Country Club is Scottie Scheffler, the rising University of Texas junior who arrived in Rhode Island fresh off competing in his first U.S. Open.
Scheffler, a Dallas player who won the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur, was one of the few players to complete his first round on a stormy Thursday at Oakmont. He posted a 1-under 69 and was the leader in the clubhouse.
After a day off Friday as most of the field played catch-up, Scheffler returned Saturday, posted 78 and missed the cut by a stroke.
“The first day I really didn’t actually hit it that great. … I did a really good job of scoring and putting myself in spots where I could get it up and down from,” Scheffler said. “The second round, I wasn’t hitting any fairways at all. I was playing from the rough. … I couldn’t really get anything going.”
Despite his disappointment over missing the weekend, Scheffler considers his U.S. experience educational.
“I learned a lot about my game and the stuff I need to work on,” he said. “That’s the toughest test in golf, so I pretty much saw as hard as it’s going to get. I think it’s a really good experience because now if I get to a tournament that’s usually a difficult setup it will feel a little bit easier than usual.”
Scheffler, who finished T3 at the Northeast Amateur last year, opened with a 2-under 67 Wednesday and stood two off the pace set by Dawson Armstrong and Brad Valois when a storm threat suspended play in the mid-afternoon.
Armstrong, a rising junior at Tennessee’s Lipscomb University, won the Western Amateur and Dogwood Invitational in 2015. Valois, a local favorite, is a four-time Rhode Island Amateur champion.