William Rainey ahead by two at Rice Planters
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. — William Rainey, one of four first-round leaders at seven-under 65, reached the halfway point of the Rice Planters Amateur with a two-shot lead thanks to a second-round 66 at Snee Farm Country Club.
Rainey, a junior at the College of Charleston, birdied his first three holes on Thursday to boost his eventual 66. He leads first-round co-leader Julian Keur and Austin Langdale by two strokes.
Keur started slow, going one-over through seven holes but found a groove following three straight birdies from holes 8 to 10. Langdale, a junior at Clemson, used five back-nine birdies to shoot 65 and join Keur at 11-under.
The lowest round of the day went to David Mackey, a future freshman at the University of Georgia who made no bogeys on Thursday to jump into a tie for fourth with three other players at nine-under. After making five birdies on the front nine, he made two more on the back before eagling the par-5 16th hole to shoot 63.
Also tied for fourth at 135 are Bryson Nimmer, Jake McBride, and Cameron MacKay.
Defending champion Rigel Fernandes, an Indian golfer from the University of South Florida, is playing this week at the Northeast Amateur, where he posted rounds of 69-68 and is tied for 13th place through two rounds.
ABOUT THE Rice Planters Amateur
The Rice Planters Amateur was the inspiration of
amateur golfer, Dick Horne. During his first Porter
at the Niagara Falls Country Club in 1973, Horne
befriended the tournament's chairman Dick Harvey.
Harvey encouraged a receptive Horne to develop his
own southern tournament and, consequently, along
with other Porter Cup officials, shared enough useful
information to get Horne started in the South. The
Rice Planters quickly grew to become one of the top
amateur events in the country.
FORMAT AND ENTRY
Like the Porter Cup, the Rice Planters is played over
72 holes of stroke play. While
by invitation only, the tournament typically
holds a 90-player qualifier for the final five spots in
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