Olsen re-takes Southern Am lead
THE WOODLANDS, TX – “This is where you
want to be going into the final round,” said
youthful Zachary Olsen, referring to his lead
the 107th Southern Amateur that winds up
Olsen, a recent Memphis high school grad
headed to Oklahoma State, shot 68 Friday in
third round for an 11-under 205 at Carlton
Woods Nicklaus Course.
Olsen, the first-round leader, jumped
2012 U.S. Amateur runner-up Michael Weaver
and sentimental storyline Kevin Marsh, a 40-
year-old Las Vegas businessman, when
could break par Friday.
Weaver posted even 72 and Marsh stumbled
76 after a ruinous triple bogey on the par four
16th, a hole he had parred the first two days.
Marsh, coming off rounds of 65-68, had turned
in 2-over, then got one back quickly with a
birdie at the 10th and remained steady with
five straight pars from 11-15.
Tied with Marsh going into that hole, Olsen ran
in a 12-foot birdie for a four-shot swing.
Joey Garber, a Georgia Bulldog senior,
emerged from of the pack with a 67 on Friday
second place at 207, two shots behind Olsen.
Olsen, 19, said this would be the biggest
conquest of his budding career if he can hold
on to win and claim the champ’s automatic
berth in the PGA Tour Arnold Palmer
next March in Orlando.
ABOUT THE Southern Amateur
The Southern Amateur, which dates back to 1902, is
one of two competitions held by the Southern Golf
Association. (The other is the Southern Junior.) Its
champions roster is like a who’s
of competitive golf. (And the same could be said of
the standing of its host clubs.) Leading this group is
Robert T. (Bobby) Jones, Jr., who was the Southern
Amateur Champion in 1917, 1920, and 1922. Others
who have won or finished in a challenging position
gone on to national and/or international prominence
include Tommy Barnes, Dale Morey, Don January,
Brewer, Doug Sanders, Billy Joe Patton, Lew Oehmig,
Hubert Green, Downing Gray, Marvin (Vinny) Giles,
Lanny Wadkins, Steve Melnyk, Tom Kite, John
Mahaffey, Ben Crenshaw, Gary Koch, Bill Rogers, Gil
Morgan, Danny Edwards, Andy Bean, Vance Haefner,
Jerry Pate, Chip Beck, David Edwards, Jay Sigel, Bob
Tway, Mark Brooks, Gene Sauers, Davis Love, Justin
Leonard and more recently PGA Tour standouts Webb
Simpson and Kyle Stanley, who won twice each
between 2005 and 2008 in alternate years.
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