Vanderbilt junior near top of leaderboard, poised to advance at U.S. Amateur

Vanderbilt’s Carson Jacobs made five birdies and shot a 3-under 69 Tuesday in the second round of the U.S. Amateur Championship, which effectively assured him a spot in the match play portion of the event.

After 36 holes of stroke play the rising junior from Hendersonville is 4-under and among the leaders with some of the field of 312 yet to start the second round. The top 64 following Tuesday advance to match play, which begins Wednesday.

“Just tried to play two good rounds, that [was the] game plan,” Jacobs said. “Play solid, make a lot of pars and capitalize on making good yardages and that's what we did both rounds and it feels good.”

He opened with a birdie on the par-5 first hole of the Atlanta Athletic Club’s Riverside Course and was 3-under through seven holes. Bogeys on Nos. 8 and 10 set him back temporarily, but he made consecutive birdies at Nos. 12 and 13 and finished with five straight pars.

Jacobs was tied for 24th following Monday’s opening round in which he shot a 1-under 70 on the Highlands Course. In that round he overcame a double bogey on the par-5 12th with back-to-back birdies on the next two holes.

“(It is) one of the most prestigious tournaments but there's still 36 holes to be played and then there's a cut,” Jacobs said. “I just took it one hole at a time, try not to think of it as the U.S. Am. I just tried to think of it as another round.

“…Obviously playing in a tournament, you'd like to win, and now go in with the mind-set, just take it one hole at a time.”

Jacobs is one of five Vanderbilt golfers in the field. Hunter Stewart, Ben Fogler, Zack Jaworski and Theo Humphrey all were over par in their first rounds.