While the U.S. Amateur is known for launching some of the game’s top college-age players into the spotlight, a strong part of the championship’s DNA is the perennially strong contingent of mid-amateurs, players age 25 and over. Leading the way after Round 1 among this week’s 58 mid-am competitors is 33-year-old Bo Andrews.
Andrews, an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee, fired a 4-under 68 on Monday at Colorado Golf Club. Andrews, who plays at Cherry Hills at 2:09 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, is one of several mid-ams who have put themselves in position to advance to match play, along with reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Matthew McClean (-2), Andrew Paysse (-2) and Grant Smith (-1).
While no mid-amateur has won the U.S. Amateur title since John Harris in 1993, or made a final since Tom McKnight in 1998, they can look to last year for inspiration, when two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Stewart Hagestad made the quarterfinals, a feat he also accomplished in 2020. Andrews, who bowed out in the Round of 64 in 2021 to eventual runner-up Austin Greaser, continues to prove that he can keep up with the best emerging talent.