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Raymond makes fast start at US Amateur
Hampshire golfer Neil Raymond is tied third after the first round of stroke play qualifying at the US Amateur Championship.
The Corhampton player shot a three-under-par round of 67 at The Country Club, in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Raymond, winner of this year's St Andrews Links Trophy, said: "It's up there, about as good a golfing memory as I can have. I’ve won a tournament at St Andrews, which is pretty high up there, but shooting 67 on a golf course like this, it's going to sit with me for a very long time."
The 27-year-old's achievement was all the more impressive considering he did not have a caddie with him, and instead carried his own bag.
"If I'm going to have a caddie, I'm going to want to have one that knows my game pretty well, and no one knows my game better than me," he said.
"I did a bit of caddieing for my friend for a couple of years on the European Challenge Tour. I'd say I'm a pretty knowledgeable caddie, so if I'm a player and a caddie it's a perfect mix for me. That's just the way I've done things."
Raymond, who is two behind leader Nick Hardy, is well on course to make it into the match play section of the tournament.
The top 64 players after today's second round will advance to the knockout stage.
Raymond's performance is yet another reminder to the selectors for this year's Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup squad, which is scheduled to be announced next Monday.
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