Jose Mendez of San Jose, Costa Rica, shot a 5-under 67 and claimed a share of the early lead at the 113th Western Amateur at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.


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Armstrong, Mendez lead 113th Western Amateur

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (Aug. 4, 2015) ... Two 19-year-olds tied the competitive course record Tuesday at Rich Harvest Farms when they shot 5-under par 67s in the opening round of the 113th Western Amateur in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

On a perfect, high-sky, low-wind, summer day, Dawson Armstrong, of Nashville, and Jose Mendez, of Costa Rica, tied the course record held jointly by Michael Thompson (2007), Corey Conners (2012) and Greg Eason (2013).

“Today was target golf and it worked,” said Armstrong, a sophomore at Lipscomb University, a Division I school in Nashville. “I really didn’t hit it that great, just played steady golf, kept it in play. I knew where to miss it today, and I missed it in the right spots.”

Mendez, a junior at Minnesota, where he was All-Big Ten in 2015, also shot 5-under despite a bogey on his opening hole.

"I felt really good out there today, really comfortable,” Mendez said. “I started off with a bogey on the first hole. Hit a good shot but just got a bad bounce. I adjusted quickly and just got back to my game plan."

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