Southern Amateur: Beau Hossler holds lead heading into final round
Beau Hossler
Beau Hossler
From The Southern Golf Association

OOLTEWAH, Tenn. (July 18, 2014) -- Tied for the lead at the time and facing a 100-yard shot into the lake-guarded, par-4 ninth hole at the Honors Course on Friday, University of Texas star sophomore Beau Hossler said he was just trying to take the spin off his wedge approach to keep it from backing into the water. Instead, it took one hop and backed into the cup for an eagle two that separated him from the packed leaderboard in the 108th Southern Amateur.

The rare feat gave the Mission Viejo, CA, native a sudden 3-shot lead and contributed to a 2-under 70 and a 208 total into Saturday's final round. Two shots back is Virginia Tech All-ACC performer Trevor Cone from Concord, NC. South Carolina's Will Starke nailed a 7-iron approach to within two inches of the final hole for a rain-soaked birdie that left him three back at 211.

Hossler, from Mission Viejo, CA., said it was a tough day, with constant rain adding to the challenges of The Honors Course. "It's nice to be leading, but I can't go out tomorrow and play an average round to win. This course is tough enough without the pressure and the strong field."

The pressure was too much, apparently, for 36-hole co-leader Greyson Murray of Raleigh, NC. Frustrated by several missed short putts, Murray suffered a lost ball drive into the woods on the 17th hole and promptly withdrew despite being 1-under par for the tournament with a full round left to play on Saturday.

ABOUT THE Southern Amateur

The Southern Amateur, which dates back to 1902, is one of three competitions held by the Southern Golf Association. Its champions roster is like a who’s 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 and gone on to national and/or international prominence include Tommy Barnes, Dale Morey, Don January, Gay 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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Results For Southern Amateur Golf Championship
Place  PtsScores
1FLM.J. MaguireSt. Petersburg, FL100069-72-72-71=284
T2FranceVictor PerezFrance70072-70-71-74=287
T2AustraliaGeoffrey DrakefordAustralia70068-74-70-75=287
T4CABeau HosslerMission Viejo, CA50070-68-70-80=288
T4ZimbabweScott VincentZimbabwe50072-72-74-70=288

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