Men’s Golf: Hinsdale’s Lederhausen remains in contention at Western Am
Updated: August 7, 2012 2:58PM
HIGHLAND PARK — Chicago’s hope for a champion in the Western Amateur at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park continued to be Hinsdale’s Theo Lederhausen, who finds himself in a three-way tie for fifth at 5-under after his 1-under 71.
The 20-year-old Harvard junior is tied with Jordan Russell of Texas (69-70) and recent Dartmouth graduate Peter Williamson (70-69), the 2011 and ‘12 Ivy League player of the year and winner of this summer’s Southern Amateur and North and South Amateur. Abraham Ancer, an Oklahoma senior, is the leader at 7-under after shooting 69-68 in the first two rounds.
“I’ve been hitting it solid and have been hitting a lot of fairways and greens,” said Lederhausen, whose sisters made the family name in local golf as distinguished juniors and went on to play at Northwestern. “I’ve been playing to the middle of the greens and putting well … It’s always the putting.”
Lederhausen was born and reared in Sweden until he was 7. His mother played golf at UCLA and competed on the European women’s pro tour before the family moved to Hinsdale in the late ‘90s. He went to high school at Hinsdale Central.
The only other Illinois player to make the cut was Jack Watson of Lincolnshire, who shot 1-over 73 and is tied for 31st at 1-under par. Watson made four birdies on his first eight holes but bogeyed No. 9 and struggled mightily on the back nine. Still, having made the championship field at the last minute (Monday afternoon), he was happy with his performance.
“I was pretty excited that I just got into the field and I wanted to prove that I belonged,” Watson said. “This is a great field. Tomorrow, I’m going to go out and shoot the lowest I can.”
— Barry Cronin