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2021 U.S. AMATEUR: Darnay’s Stroke-Play Photo Gallery



The famous "church pew" bunkers straddled by the 3rd and 4th holes at Oakmont are a precarious hazard. (MIKE DARNAY/PGN)

OAKMONT, Pa. — The 121st U.S. Amateur Championship has moved into the first round of match play, with the top 64 scoring players among the 312 who entered the tournament advancing past the stroke play round.

Two days of stroke play at Oakmont Country Club, through the lens and eye of Pittsburgh Golf Now photojournalist Mike Darnay.

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Oakmont’s Tudor-style clubhouse is a sight that never gets old. From 1,000 yards away, high atop the fairway on #3, the clubhouse looms large off in the distance. (Mike Darnay/PGN)

Luke Potter, an Arizona State recruit, doesn’t hide his feelings about his tee shot on the 15th hole. This face is one that many players likely made while dealing with the difficult course conditions. (Mike Darnay/PGN)

At some golf courses, hitting a tee shot into a fairway bunker can be okay. At Oakmont, that isn’t the case, as seen here on the 2nd hole. (Mike Darnay/PGN)

If you’re able to avoid the fairway bunkers as seen in the previous photo, you better hope you don’t go long off of the back of the green, or this is what you’re facing. If the 1st hole didn’t issue you a proper introduction, “welcome to Oakmont.” (Mike Darnay/PGN)

As you move into the 3rd and 4th holes, the church pew bunkers come into play, and a miss of the fairway isn’t kind to you, as seen above with Appalachian State’s Timothius Tamardi. (Mike Darnay/PGN)

It’s clear by now that accuracy off of the tee is key. For Murrysville native and Notre Dame standout Palmer Jackson, he knew right away that his tee shot on #5 was trouble. (Mike Darnay/PGN)

Cool, calm, and collected. That was the demeanor Stanford’s Michael Thorbjornsen showed heading to the fairway off of the 1st tee on Tuesday en route to a score of 69 (-1) and an overall stroke play score of -6, good enough for the 3rd highest score heading into match play. (Mike Darnay/PGN)

Leader in the Clubhouse. Greensburg native  and West Virginia University standout Mark Goetz earned medalist honors with a score of -9, also earning the #1 seed headed into match play. (Mike Darnay/PGN)

Hampered by rain. Mother nature has been quite the opponent for all involved this week at the U.S. Amateur, causing significant delays on both Tuesday and Wednesday. (Mike Darnay/PGN)

Deep trouble. Penn State’s Patrick Sheehan found out first hand just how deep the bunkers to the left of the 1st fairway are. Sheehan made bogey on #1 after missing the fairway en route to a 79. (Mike Darnay/PGN)

Start praying. If you wind up in the church pews, a few good prayers are likely going to be needed to get out of there and save par, whether you’re heading uphill to the 3rd green, or downhill to the 4th. (Mike Darnay/PGN)

Clubhouse in sight. No sweat, just one of the most difficult holes on the course with an uphill approach to a green that slopes back towards you. If you stick your approach pin high, it still might come back. Glory could await depending on how you finish this one. (Mike Darnay/PGN)

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