Louis Dobbelaar finishing off his second round on Wednesday morning – photo Chris Keane USGA
Queenslander, Louis Dobbelaar, has staged an impressive recovery from his opening round of 76 at the US Amateur Championship in Oakmont in Pennsylvania and has played his way into the Matchplay field of 64.
The Strokeplay qualifying was forced into day three after stormy weather forced play to be delayed for over four hours on Tuesday with half the field still required to finish their rounds.
Dobbelaar still needed to improve on his overnight standing when he returned on Wednesday morning to the Longue Vue Club, one of two venues being used.
A second round of 66 would eventually see him finishing 45th in the qualifying rounds and, with that over, he can now focus on his opening round match-up against American Ross Steelman at the host venue, the Oakmont Country Club.
Steelman attends Georgia Tech and in his opening round on Monday recorded a homeward nine of 30 in his round of 66 at the Longue Vue Club so Dobbelaar will know he is in for a fight in his opening clash.
He finished one shot clear of what would become a 12 man playoff for just one spot.
Dobbelaar will look to continue an excellent run of events in the US over their summer having won the Dogwood Invitational and the North and South Amateur in recent weeks and his second round today is a better reflection on his capabilities than was the case on Monday when his round got away from him during the middle stages.
Australia’s other two hopefuls in the field of more than 300 looking to finish inside the top 64 to advance to the knock-out phase, were eliminated.
Former US Mid-Amateur Champion, Lukas Michel of Melbourne finished seven shots from the required mark while Tony Chen was another three shots further back.