Change of Momentum

Tide turns as CSU’s Gunnar Broin sees his run end in round of 64 at U.S. Amateur

By Gary Baines – 8/12/2021

Wednesday proved a day to remember for Colorado State University golfer Gunnar Broin at the U.S. Amateur. But a new day brought a change of momentum. 

On Wednesday, the sophomore from Chanhassen, Minn., went birdie-eagle his final two holes of stroke play to go from outside the cut line to inside and advancing to match play. Then before darkness suspended his round-of-64 match, he made a birdie and an eagle to build a 2-up lead through five holes at storied Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club.

But when Broin resumed his match on Thursday morning, the tide turned. University of Georgia golfer Trent Phillips, from Boiling Springs, S.C., won five of the first six holes on Thursday, with Broin taking hole No. 7. That gave Phillips a 2-up lead, and he didn’t lose a hole the rest of the way in posting a 3-and-1 victory.

Phillips’ run of won holes from 8 through 11 all came with pars as Broin went bogey-double bogey-bogey-bogey at the formidable course. Phillips closed things out on No. 17 with a par as Broin carded a double bogey.

For the match — both days — Broin finished 7 over. He was 10 over for the 12 holes played on Thursday. Phillips was 2 over for the match and 3 over for the Thursday portion.

Here are the results for all the players with strong Colorado ties at the U.S. Amateur:


Trent Phillips, Boiling Springs, S.C., def. CSU golfer Gunnar Broin, Chanhassen, Minn., 3 and 1.


Advanced to Match Play

37. CSU golfer Gunnar Broin of Chanhassen, Minn. 71-70–141

Failed to Advance to Match Play

116. CU golfer Adam Matteson of San Diego 72-74–146

135. DU golfer Jackson Solem of Longmont 72-75–147

279. CSU golfer Connor Jones of Westminster 79-78–157

298. Sean Crowley of Columbine Valley 79-81–160

303. UNC golfer TJ Shehee of Mead 81-81–162

For all the scores from the U.S. Amateur, CLICK HERE.