Langdale, Rainey neck-and-neck entering Rice Planters final round
Austin Langdale (left) and William Rainey
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. — First and second round leader William Rainey of College of Charleston will enter the final round of the Rice Planters Amateur joined by Clemson junior Austin Langdale as the pair shares a three-shot lead at Snee Farm Country Club.
Rainey, of Charlotte, N.C., began the day at 13-under and moved to 15 with birdies at holes 4 and 6. By hole 13, he was back at 13 but a late-round charge that included three birdies in his last four holes allowed Rainey to post 69 in round three and get to 16-under.
Langdale, the 2014 Azalea Invitational winner from Townville, S.C., was streaky on Thursday, but remained more consistent on Friday.
Thursday, when he fired 65, he began with three straight birdies, mellowed out by going one-over his next eight holes, and finished with a flurry. He made five consecutive birdies on holes 12 through 16 to enter the third round two back of Rainey.
His third round was bogey-free, and was dotted throughout the round with five birdies as Langdale carded 67 to join Rainey at the top of the leaderboard.
The lowest round of the day went to recent South Carolina Match Play winner Andrew Novak, who despite a bogey on 17, his only blemish of the day, went two lower than anyone on Friday with a 65. He is three back in third place and one clear of first-round co-leader Will Long in fourth.
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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