BANDON, Ore. — Rankings, seedings and even the sight of No. 1 don't rattle Harrison Ott because the Brookfield golfer has been trained to ignore them.
"In college, we get put up (in matches) against guys by our coach regardless of what number you play or they play," the senior-to-be at Vanderbilt University wrote in a text to Wisconsin.Golf. "So the seeds don’t really worry me."
In other words, seeing top-seed Wilson Furr — a rising senior from Southeastern Conference rival Alabama — across the tee box Thursday at 7 a.m. at Bandon Dunes in the Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur Championship is no big deal to the 2019 Wisconsin State Amateur champion.
They will meet again Thursday after Ott, the No. 32 seed after the 36-hole stroke-play qualifier, dispatched Ford Clegg of Mississippi State 5 and 4 in the Round of 64. Furr, who shot 70 on Bandon Dunes and 62 on Bandon Trails to win the qualifying by two shots, pulled away in his opening-round match and posted a 6 and 4 win over Cal recruit Aaron Du of China.
They have seen plenty of each other over the years.
Ott finished tied for 26th the last time the SEC Championship was played in 2019 while Furr finished tied for 41st. At last month's Western Amateur in Carmel, Ind., Ott earned one of 16 match-play berths by finishing tied for 10th in the 72 holes of stroke-play qualifying while Furr missed the cut by five shots.
Both appear to be at the top of their games this week.
"I think my key this week has just been making a plan for where I want to be for each pin and working that plan as best I can," Ott wrote. "I’m hitting my irons really well, so that helps and I putted better (Wednesday) after getting some practice in after my round (Tuesday)."
Ott won the first hole against Clegg with a par and then went 2-up after three holes when Clegg made another bogey. But a turning point came at No. 4 where Ott made a birdie to go 3-up and keep momentum from shifting.
"That was big!" Ott wrote. "If I would have hit my iron shot to 40 feet and two-putted for us to halve the hole, it would have been fine. But since I hit my iron shot to 10 feet and he made about a 10-footer for par. If I missed my birdie, he would have gotten some momentum. When I made that putt it probably set the tone."
Ott won No. 7 and made the turn 4-up. Clegg made it a 3-up margin after he birdied No. 10, but Ott won No. 12 with a par and No. 13 with a birdie to go 5 up and then closed out the match with a par on No. 14.