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Olson misses U.S. Am cut

North Dakota State golfers Bill Carlson and Trent Olson both failed to qualify for match play after the second round of the United States Amateur Championship on Tuesday at the Common Ground Golf Club in Aurora, Colo.

Carlson shot a 73 in the second round after shooting a 78 in the first day at Cherry Hills to finish tied for 204th.

Olson finished tied for 226th place with a two-day score of 152.

Olson was forced to drop out of his second round Pine to Palm match Friday against his opponent Todd Hillier of Hoople, N.D.

Tough times first day

Bill Carlson stood at the tee box of hole No. 17 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado and saw something he rarely sees: a 274-yard par-3.

He tried to hit a hybrid club short of the green and run it up, but his golf ball found the rough to the right. One thing about Cherry Hills: the rough is rough.

Carlson and his North Dakota State teammate, Trent Olson both found the United States Amateur Championship a true test of skill.

Olson shot a 77 and Carlson a 78, both well off the pace to qualify for match play competition. Both players said the greens were as fast and hard as they've ever played.

"About as half as wide as the courses around Fargo," Olson said.

"I've never played anything that hard before" Carlson said.