Marian's Sumrall, Greg Norman Jr. struggle at Western Am

The very best Amateur golfers in the country are in Benton Harbor this week for the Western Am, the second biggest Amateur golfing event of the year.

Past winners include Tiger Woods (1994) and Phil Mickelson (1991).

So what a feeling it must be for Marian's Adam Sumrall to simply be a part of the event.

The 17-year-old still has one more year left in high school, but qualified Monday for the prestigious event.

On day one, Sumrall struggled however. He shot an 8-over, 78 and was disapointed with how he played.

Sumrall said he could not hit a fairway and has not putted as poorly as he did Wednesday, all season.

But he did acknowledge how exciting it is to be a part of such a big Amateur Tournament at such a young age and how much it will help in the years to come.

Sumrall also joked that being forced to wear full-length pants provided a slight distraction for him. He said he's always played in shorts, even in cold weather.

Meanwhile, Greg Norman Jr., son of the Shark, did not have a good day. While his 53-year-old dad made a run at the British Open a few weeks ago, the younger Norman will not be making a run at the Western Amateur Championship.

Norman Jr. shot an 88, the 2nd worst round of any golfer.

Notre Dame's Carl Santos-Ocampo shot a 2-over 72. Fellow Domer Josh Sandman shot a 5-over 75.

The leader after day one is Will Kropp, who shot a 4-under 66.

Stroke play continues through Thursday with the top 16 golfers advancing to Match Play beginning on Friday.

The Championship is Sunday.

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