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Southern Junior: Brown, Shore share lead
RICHMOND, Virg. (June 12, 2013) -- Wofford-bound Pep Brown of Gainesville (Ga.) and Knoxville 14-year-old Davis Shore, who made Tennessee all-state as an eighth grader, shared the first-round lead Wednesday in the 41st Southern Junior Championship at storied Country Club of Virginia. Both opened at 4-under-par 68. Brown punctuated his round with a 40-foot birdie putt on the final hole and Shore, one of the youngest players in the field, rattled off three straight birds on his final nine at CCV’s Tuckahoe Creek Course.

The course is set up at 6,849 yards for the field of 166 ranked juniors (18 and under) from 22 states and four foreign countries. The field will be cut following the second round with the 54-hole event scheduled to conclude Friday.

Local favorite Mark Lawrence Jr is among a foursome lurking one shot off the pace at 69. Lawrence, a rising junior at Richmond Godwin High, won the Virginia schoolboy title as a freshman. Also at 69 were Little Rock’s Todd McDonald,Peter Knade from Easton, Md, and Patrick Cover from Huntersville, NC. The champion will earn a berth in the 107th Southern Amateur next month in Houston.

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54 hole stroke play event. The field is typically limited to 156 entries, with a 13-14 and a 15-18 age group. Entries are open to male, amateur golfers who have a current USGA Handicap Index of 12.4 or less, and who are not members of a college golf team.

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