Blenkush, Doherty Finish Opening Round Play in U.S. Amateur Monday
Blenkush concluded his opening round with a 9-over-par 79 while Doherty carded a 5-over-par 75. After a slow start Doherty rebounded nicely on the back nine, finishing a with 2-under 33.
Both players will conclude the stroke play portion of the tournament today.
The USGA amateur Championship features two days of stroke play qualifying to determine exactly the 64 players who will make it to match play. The "Match Play Tree" is then established -- much like a tennis tournament or NCAA basketball - and players are seeded according to how they played during stroke play.
Match play is a competition played by holes rather than total strokes for the round. In USGA amateur Championships, two opponents play against each other and while there may be other players on the course, each group is its own match and has nothing to do with the rest of the field. The winners of each match keep advancing until there is only one player left. With 64 players, this occurs after 6 matches.