Golfer Chris Williams of Moscow, Idaho, ended up 17-under par 271 after 72 holes of the Western Amateur Championship at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill., on Thursday to take medalist honors for a second consecutive year.
The Western Amateur, held since 1899, features a field of 156 golfers from around the world that plays four rounds of stroke play before being cut to 16 for a match play tournament.
Williams shot even-par 72 in Tuesday’s first round, but bounced back with a 6-under 66 in Wednesday’s second round and a 66 and 67 during Thursday’s third and fourth rounds.
Williams, the World Amateur Golf Ranking’s No. 1 player, won medalist honors by two strokes over Lorens Chan of Honolulu.
Williams had only two bogeys during 36 holes of action on Thursday, including a bogey-free round in the morning. In all, Williams notched 26 birdies during the three days of stroke play to lead a group of 16 golfers into match play.
Williams was also the 2011 Western Amateur champion. His teammate at the University of Washington, Cheng-Tsung Pan, was the 2009 and 2010 tournament champion as a junior golfer to make golfers with UW ties medalist for four consecutive years.
Pan, also in this year’s field, advanced with Williams into match play as the 12th seed.
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