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News from Pebble Beach: Round 1 of U.S. Amateur

August 13th, 2018

Author: Kailey Coleman
Pebble Beach, CA -- Day one of the 118th U.S. Amateur was off to an amazing start with hundreds of people in attendance and a slight breeze in the air. As you walk around practice facilities you see players getting their clubs inspected by USGA officials and players preparing for a big day.
 
Matt Paradis is next up for the 12:45PM tee time at Spyglass Hill. He walks up to the tee box with nothing but ease as if it is any other tournament. He tees up the ball and gets his first ever round at a U.S. Amateur started.
 
Starting off with two pars, Paradis is off to a good start and can finally shake out any jitters he might have. As he tees it up at the third hole, a par-three, he swings his effortless swing and lands the ball fifteen feet from the hole. As the other two players in the group make their second shots we all wait in anticipation for Matt to approach his ball. Finally, it’s his turn and as he approaches his ball the crowd, of which has grown in size, is now silent. He pulls back his putter and releases to make his putt for a birdie. The crowd goes wild.
 
From the start, Paradis was smiling and walking as if he had done this a million times. Having the confidence helped him through his round. Of which he only made three bogeys, one double bogey, and four birdies.
 
Paradis said, “I felt comfortable out there which helped me get off to a good start and helped me settle in. My driving the ball kind of let me down today, I ended up in some thick rough a lot. But I saved myself by making some key putts.”
 
“I just wanted to give myself a chance to make it into match play after round one and I did that which is a good feeling going into tomorrow.”
 
Paradis heads into Round 2 in the T43 position after firing 1-over par at Spyglass Hill.  He takes on the iconic Pebble Beach next and will look to be in the top 64 to advance to match play.
 
U.S. Amateur Scores:  http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/championships/2018/u-s--amateur.html#!scoring