Ishee, Goforth atop Miss. State Am leaderboard
MADISON, Miss. (June 8, 2012) -- After a day that featured hot temperatures and high winds, there are two competitors that stand above all the others. Nic Ishee from Gulfport and Grant Goforth from Batesville share the lead with a combined two day total of -2 (142). At the start of the day Ishee found himself just three shots back from our then leader, Cory Williamson, while Goforth was just two back after his -1 (71) yesterday.

Both players will look to hold on to there respective leads as the next two days unfold. Although Ishee and Goforth sit atop the leaderboard, there were four other players out of 142 to come in with under par rounds. Our round of the day went to Hattiesburg's Grant Motter, who fired a -3 (69). He finds himself in a tie for fourteenth place after his opening round 79. Chad Ramey of Fulton and Eddie Brescher III of Jackson fired a -2 (70). Both of them are side by side at a tie for third place. Michael Hodges of Belden was our last under par round with a -1 (71). Hodges is right in the mix of things in a tie for sixth place.

The competition at this year's State Am compares second to none of the State Am's of the past. We currently have 11 players within 5 shots of our leaders, and 23 within 8 shots. Tomorrow's tee times will be split tee's again on 1 and 10 starting at 7:30. We are looking forward to another exciting, competitive round of golf leading up to our fourth and final round on Sunday.

ABOUT THE Mississippi State Amateur

Format: The tournament is scheduled for 72 holes of stroke play with a cut to the low 60(+ties) after 36 holes of play. Field size is limited to 120 players. Qualifiers will be held for the State Amateur, including an Open Qualifier, the week of the event. Each is scheduled for 18 holes of stroke play. The number of players to advance will be determined by the number of entries for each qualifier and the number available in the field after the exempt players have reserved their place. The same percentage from each qualifier will advance to the championship.

Eligibility: The Amateur Championship is open to male amateurs who are bona fide residents of the state of Mississippi for at least 60 days prior to the first round of the tournament. Participants must conform with the USGA Rules of Amateur Status. All participants in Mississippi Golf Association State Championships are required to have an active GHIN Handicap through a USGA Licensed Mississippi Club.

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