MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2013) -- Three players are tied for the lead after the first round of the 2013 South Beach International Amateur at 4 under par. Sixteen year old Swedish Junior National team member Tim Widing and Ephrata, Washington native, Northwestern University golfer Andrew Whalen tamed the wind at Normandy Shores Golf Club with 66’s. Vanderbilt golfer and Hendersonville, Tenn. native Carson Jacobs fired the sole 67 at the Miami Beach Golf Club.
Tied for fourth place at three under par, both shooting 68’s at Miami Beach are SMU’s Bryson DeChambeau of Clovis, California and Mathieu Decottignies of Bondues, France. Two of the world’s top amateurs at #21 and #99 respectively, both are expected to be in the hunt the final day.
Four players are tied for sixth place at 2 under with leader Widing’s fellow Swedish National Junior team Members Felix Kvarnstrom and Victor Theanderson shooting 68’s at Normandy Shores Golf Club. Collegiate stars Victor Perez from Seamac, France who plays for the University of New Mexico and Raliegh, North Carolina native Grayson Murray of Arizona State shot 69s at Miami Beach Golf Club.
The field of 204 players includes 53 of the world’s top 600 ranked players and 95 international contestants. The number of international players is the second largest in the world for an amateur event, only to be exceeded by the British Amateur.
Round two starts at 7:30 tomorrow morning at both courses and admission is free.