From start to finish, Cameron Young was solid.
It’s been at least a month since the 19-year-old from Scarborough opened a tournament with an impressive number, but he was rolling early on Tuesday at Wykagyl Country Club and easily qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship.
“My goal was to play each of the nines under par,” said Young, who shot rounds of 68 and 70 to claim medalist honors with a 6-under total.
Theo Humphrey, a Greenwich, Conn. resident who plays out of Sleepy Hollow, and Darin Goldstein, the 34-year-old reigning Long Island Amateur champion, also got in at 3-under 141.
All three are in the field August 15-21 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield, Michigan.
“For most amateurs, the setup is as close to U.S. Open conditions as we see,” said Young, who lost in the Round of 32 last summer at Olympia Fields. “You take a really nice course, grow some rough and stick the flags on the edge of the greens and you have a U.S. Amateur. It helps to have some experience.”
This will be the fourth appearance for the rising sophomore at Wake Forest.
Young was under par for each of his nines at Wykagyl, finishing with 22 pars, 10 birdies and four bogeys.
“It wasn’t stress free,” he said. “It’s never stress free. … I went from thinking I was in the clear to making a bad swing on the way in and thinking I needed another birdie or two. It’s never over, until you’re in and everyone’s done.”
Christian Cavalier, a Katonah resident who last week captured the Met Junior Championship, finished in fourth place at 142 and is the first alternate.
New York State Open: The famed Black Course at Bethpage State Park was not in a giving mood. Only three players were under par following the opening round of the Lenox Advisors New York State Open Championship.
Daniel Lee (Deepdale), Anthony Aruta (North Shore) were tied for the lead along with amateur Tyler McArdell (Timber Lakes) after carding 1-under 70s.
Several local players are within range.
Amateur Scott Sessions (Centennial) is in a fourth-place logjam with seven players at 1-over, including Frank Bensel (Century), Rob Labritz (GlenArbor), Steve Scott (Paramount) and James Ondo (Apawamis).
The cut will be made after 18 holes on Wednesday and the final round is scheduled for Thursday.
U.S. Junior Am: Brent Ito, a recent Ardsley graduate, limped home at The Honors Course in Tennessee, but still has a chance to advance to match play. The Michigan signee bogeyed the final three holes at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship to close with a 78. He will play off with 13 others at 7-over 151 for the final seven lines in the bracket on Wednesday morning.
Ito was in a good place following a 1-over 73 in the opening round, but he quickly gave up ground on Tuesday, suffering a triple-bogey 6 just three holes into the final round of stroke play. He rolled in consecutive birdies at Nos. 8 and 9, but was 5-over on the back nine.
Iona Prep sophomore and Elmsford resident, Matt Minerva, shot an 81 and missed the cut with a 24-over total of 168.