Russell Out At U.S. Amateur
Atlanta — Golfing in his second U.S. Amateur Championship, Grantham’s Evan Russell shot a 79 at the par-72 Riverside Course on Tuesday to miss the cut.
Russell, who has won the last two Vermont Amateur titles, shot a 76 on Monday on the par-71 Highlands Course.
Lee McCoy and Taylor Moore share the lead with two-day totals of 135. The top 64 players advance to the match-play portion of the tournament, which begins today.
Not all was lost for the Kimball Union Academy graduate, however — Sports Illustrated featured him in its “Faces in the Crowd” section in its 60th anniversary issue for his Vermont Amateur achievements.
Norwich’s Rhim Wins Again
East Hartland, Conn. — Norwich cyclist Brendan Rhim added two more wins to his busy summer in the past few weeks, most recently prevailing in a sprint finish to take the New England Regional Road Championship on Sunday to cap the Tokeneke Road Race in northern Connecticut.
Riding for the California Giant/Specialized team, Rhim joined a breakaway group that surged to the front on the second of the race’s four 22-mile laps. Rhim, who graduated from Hanover High School this past spring, and his six competitors kept their distance from the main category Pro-1-2 pack until the final minutes of the competition, which covered just over two miles along a five percent incline.
The riders attacked each other at that point, and Rhim prevailed by saving his final burst for the last 250 meters. The 19-year-old Rhim finished in 3 hours, 44 minutes, 22 seconds, besting William Dugan of CCB Racing by two seconds.
The victory came three weeks after Rhim defeated California Giant teammate Ansel Dickey for the Vermont and New Hampshire States Time Trial Championship in Roxbury, Vt. Rhim now has four race wins to his credit this summer, the latest two joining victories at the New Britain (Conn.) Criterium on July 13 and the NCC Tour of the Hilltowns in Charlemont, Mass., on July 26.