Berks golfer Chip Lutz continues to make short work of his competition at the 66th U.S. Senior Amateur Championship at the Country Club of Detroit.
Lutz needed only 29 holes Tuesday to defeat two more golfers and advance to Wednesday’s quarterfinals.
Lutz, the No. 2 seed and the 2015 champion, defeated No. 31 seed Jim Muething of Cincinnati 6-and-5 in the morning round of 32. After playing just 13 holes, Lutz returned in the afternoon to defeat No. 50 seed Eddie Hargett of Blythewood, S.C., 3-and-2.
On Monday, Lutz opened the tournament with a 5-and-3 victory after dropping the first two holes to No. 63 seed Robert Nelson of Fairhope, Ala.
Lutz will tee off Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. against No. 58 seed Craig Davis of Chula Vista, Calif. If Lutz wins that match, he would advance to the semifinals Wednesday afternoon.
“I try not to pay too much attention (to the other results) because everybody is a good player at this level,” said Lutz, who upped his U.S. Senior Amateur match-play record to 28-9. “I try not to think about mapping (my bracket) out or seeing who is in front of you because things change so quickly.”
The 18-hole match-play championship match is scheduled for Thursday.
Lutz, 67, earned the No. 2 seed by shooting 6-under 138 in 36 holes of qualifying. It put Lutz in the 64-player bracket for the 11th consecutive year, the longest current streak.
No. 1 seed Tom Hogarth of Northridge, Calif., lost in the first round on Monday.
Thirteen past USGA champions started the tournament on Monday. Lutz is the only one that remains.
Source: Berkshire mont