North & South: Chad Merzbacher posts 69 for early lead at Pinehurst
Chad Merzbacher birdied the 18th <br>to fire 69 on Pinehurst No. 2
Chad Merzbacher birdied the 18th
to fire 69 on Pinehurst No. 2
PINEHURST, North Carolina (June 29, 2015) -- Chad Merzbacher opened up the stroke play qualifying portion of the North & South Amateur with a solid round of 69 on a course that just a year ago hosted the U.S. Open.

The best part?

Merzbacher not only was the only player to better the par of 70 on No. 2, he did so with a birdie at the classic 18th hole.

A shot back of Merzbacher, who plays for Tennessee, is George Cunningham, who posted even-par 70. Cunningham started something special on the back nine, with four birdies in five holes from the span of Nos. 10-14.

That run moved him to 3-under on the day, but three-straight bogeys on Nos. 15-17 gave it back to old man par, before Cunningham steadied himself with a closing par. No harm done, as two more rounds of qualifying will determine the top 16 who make match play.

Results For North & South Men's Amateur Golf Championship
Place  Pts
WinTXSean WalshKeller, TX700
Runner-upAZGeorge CunninghamTuscon, AZ420
MedalistAZGeorge CunninghamTuscon, AZ280
SemifinalsFLTaylor HancockClearwater, FL210
SemifinalsOHClark EngleSpringfield, OH210

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