This 19-year-old son of a CURRENT PGA Tour player is tied for U.S. Amateur lead

PARAMUS, N.J. - There is a graphic on Luke Gutschewski, Iowa State's bio page listing a few interesting nuggets about the sophomore from Elkhorn, Nebraska:
Favourite club? Putter.
Favorite golf course? Butler National.
Favorite PGA Tour player? Scott Gutschewski.
"What should I have put in there?" Lukas said, laughing.
Good point. Scott Gutschewski is a 45-year-old who has won twice on the Korn Ferry Tour, in 2003 and 2008, and has played six seasons on the PGA Tour, including this season. He is also Luke's father.
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In these elite amateur fields, it's not uncommon to find sons of touring pros. In this 312 contestant US amateur, you have Carson Herron, Tim Herron's 20-year-old kid who was New Mexico's Mountain West Freshman of the Year last year. But it's rare that you have the son of a player who is currently on tour.
"More than anything," Luke says of his father, "to see him compete with the best players in the world, and then come home and play with him and realize that my good is good enough - my bad maybe not good enough , but my gut is good enough to be where I want to be in golf - it helps with confidence knowing I can compete against him and he's out there playing against the best in the world every week."
Full field scores from the US amateurs
This week at Ridgewood Country Club, Luke meets the best amateurs in the world, guys like Ludvig Aberg and Gordon Sargent and Austin Greaser. And he beats her.
The younger Gutschewski shot 3-under 68 in his first US amateur round Monday and shared the lead in the first round of the 36-hole stroke play portion with Louisville grad Chris Francoeur, Oklahoma State's Hazen Newman, Kentucky's Campbell Kremer and Stanford's Michael Thorbjornsen.
He shagged #9, 11, 15, and 17, naming the first two particularly good. The No. 11, the 255-yard par 3, was shortened significantly to 206 yards for Monday's cover lift, and Gutschewski hit the 6-iron at 12 feet. His birdie in 15th place was a tap-in.
Most importantly, he avoided the big numbers (a bogey) and Ridgewood's juicy rough better than most. Not that he wasn't equipped to handle the thick stuff; He spent much of the weekend figuring out the best way to hit shots out of the rough, especially on those small, tight greens.
"I've never seen anything like this roughly," he said. "Luckily, I didn't have to chip a lot, but the few times I did, it was nice to feel safe opening the face."
He learned how to prepare for tournaments from Scott when Luke, the eldest of Scott's four children, was just 5 years old and joined Scott and his caddy for the early evening practice rounds on the Tour. He remembers the felled putters in his family's basement, which he used for such occasions.
"I didn't think it was cool at the time because it was just my life," Luke recalls, "but looking back, it was a pretty awesome experience. I was already learning how to be a pro back then.”
Luke Gutschewski's Iowa State biography lists his favorite golfer:

Not tigers.
Not Rory.
But Scott Gutschewski.

How could he not pick pops? Scott is gearing up for the KFT finals this week while Luke is currently leading the #USAamateur. pic.twitter.com/LrFybyB1bn
— Brentley Romine (@BrentleyGC) August 15, 2022
Over the years, Luke has occasionally worked as a caddie for his father. A tournament on the KFT a few years ago, after Luke's sophomore year of high school, stands out: Scott missed the cut at Raleigh, but instead of heading to the next station or home early, father and son took a quick trip to Pinehurst. They played a round on nearby Tobacco Road, and it was the first time Luke, who had just won a state high school championship, tied his father.
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