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Neil Raymond tops the stroke play standings at the US Amateur Championship to earn medalist honours
Neil Raymond has stormed through to the knockout stages of the US Amateur Championship in Brookline, Massachusetts, after a scintillating display of golf saw him top the stroke play standings.
The Corhampton star closed on a score of six-under-par in the 36-hole qualifier - a total that only the world number nine, Australia's Brady Watt, could match.
Raymond's performance secured him the prestigious honour of being the tournament's co-medalist, for the best score in the stroke play section.
“It’s very good,” said the 27-year-old. “I know Brady pretty well. People are going to be gunning for us because our names are at the top.
"I didn't have a score in mind when I got here today. I came out, took some good swings and said, let's see what happens. I am delighted it all came together.”
Raymond followed up his opening three-under-par 67 on Monday at The Country Club with an identical effort at the Charles River Country Club on Tuesday.
He had not used a caddie in his first round, but took the decision to employ one, a Brookline resident named Tommy White, just 90 minutes before he teed off on day two.
"When I left the club yesterday, someone asked me if I would like a caddie today," Raymond said. "It was a very nice offer. Then when I heard the forecast for today and all the stuff I would have to take in the bag, I decided to use a caddie. Today, the caddie made a big difference. He was brilliant."
Raymond now advances to the match play stages as the number one seed, where he will be among the 64 remaining players bidding to win one of the biggest prizes in amateur golf.
He will find out his opponent in the first knockout round later, once the play-off to determine the final few positions has been completed.
His performances over the past two days further underline his status as one of the best stroke play competitors in the amateur game right now.
Raymond's efforts also increase his chances of earning a place in this year's Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup squad, which is due to be announced on Monday.
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