MANSFIELD, Texas (August 9, 2013) – The North Amateur Championship presented by UST Mamiya got underway at the Walnut Creek Country Club, Pecan Course on Friday. The championship boasts 84 of the best amateur players from north of the 31st Parallel. Players will play 54 challenging holes of golf in hopes of becoming the 2013 North Amateur Champion.
Luke Neeley of Mansfield set the bar early with a 3-under par round of 67. Neeley started his round with three birdies on the front side and would go on to match one birdie with one bogey on the back nine. Two groups later, Brandon Scott of Justin would go on to tie Neeley for the lead in the clubhouse with a 67. Scott’s round included five birdies, and two bogeys.
Just one shot behind the leaders sit Dylan McClure, Ted Waldrip, and Walnut Creek member, Henry Coffman. McClure took advantage of the only two par fives on the course by making eagles on both of them. Waldrip had one bogey and 8 pars on his front side, but came back and made three birdies on his back side to close out the round. Henry Coffman overcame four bogeys in the round with six birdies to secure his share of third place. Zach Atkinson of Hurst shot a 1-under, 69, and sits alone in 6th place, two shots behind the leaders.
Congratulations to Chase Thornberry of Allen who thoroughly enjoyed a round that included his first-ever hole-in-one. Thornberry hit a 4-iron to the 213 yard par-3.
In all, 25 players sit within 6 shots of the lead. With 36 holes left to play, it is still anyone’s championship. The second round will resume on Saturday morning at 8:00AM. For scoring and tee time information, please visit www.txga.org.