While all eyes over the weekend (and today) are on the finish at The Open Championship (including, of course, our 2009 Spirit Champion Jordan Spieth, hoping to keep his grand slam hopes alive see: http://golfweek.com/news/2015/jul/20/jordan-spieth-british-open-2015-live-blog-final/), the United States was just edged out by Columbia at the Pan American games in Toronto.
This is not only interesting as the games are similar in nature to the Olympic-style of The Spirit International Amateur Championship, but also, due to the upcoming 2016 Olympics, will will bring golf back as an Olympic sport for the first time in decades.
Here is the final breakdown from Toronto:
The U.S. took second in the Pan American Games on Sunday, finishing close behind Colombia in the international competition for amateurs and professionals held in Ontario. The American team of two U.S. collegians and two future collegians couldn’t quite make up their two-shot deficit in the final round.
Lee McCoy, of Georgia, and Beau Hossler, of Texas, led the Americans on Sunday with rounds of 3-under 69 at the Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ontario. They finished fourth and sixth, respectively on the men’s individual leaderboard. Colombia’s Marcelo Rozo won the men’s individual title at 13 under.
Andrea Lee, who is headed to Stanford in 2016, was the leading American lady, even though she fell back to 2-over 74 in the final round. Lee finished 72 holes at 7 under, good enough for a second-place finish individually. She ended the event sandwiched between LPGA players Mariajo Uribe of Colombia and Julieta Granada of Paraguay.
Kristen Gillman, who won the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 2014 and will play for Alabama in 2016, was sixth individually.