Colton Yates leads after day one at Eastern Amateur
First round leader Colton Yates
First round leader Colton Yates

Portsmouth, Va. (July 9, 2015) – The Eastern Amateur began its 59th running Thursday at the Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club in Portsmouth, Va.

Leading the way with an opening round of 6-under 64 is Colton Yates, a freshman at Colorado State University. Yates opened his round lights out, making birdies on his first five holes to turn in 5-under 30. He tacked on three more birdies on the backside along with two bogeys to finish with a 34.

Trailing Yates by two shots are Drexel University’s Christopher Crawford, University of Auburn commit Jacob Solomon, local qualifier Chase Duffy, Elon University golfer Jake Leavitt, and Old Dominion University golfer Robbie Bradshaw.

Crawford’s 66 was nearly flawless, tallying five birdies (four on his back-nine) a lone bogey. Having finished in a tie for 3rd last year, Crawford is certainly a player to look out for throughout the remainder of the tournament.

Players will tee off early tomorrow morning for their second round with a champion to be crowned after 72 holes on Monday.

Results For Eastern Amateur Golf Tournament
1GAJames ClarkColumbus, GA50068-64-66=198
2NYDaniel YustinEast Amherst, NY40069-67-62=198
3VAAdam HortonChesapeake, VA30068-69-64=201
4FLAndrew AlligoodSaint Johns, FL30067-71-64=202
5PAChristopher CrawfordBensalem, PA30066-70-68=204

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ABOUT THE Eastern Amateur

The Eastern Amateur is a 72 hole stroke play event that perennially attracts a top-drawer field. The tournament has been played -- with the exception of 1977 and 1999 -- at Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club. Elizabeth Manor is a par 70 Dick Wilson design in Portsmouth, Virginia.

The impressive list of winners includes U.S. Open winners Curtis Strange, Ben Crenshaw, Andy Bean, Hubert Green, Jim Furyk and Steve Jones. Other notables who have played in the Eastern Amateur are Lanny Wadkins, Arron Oberholser, Steve Marino, Scott Hoch, Clarence Rose, Gary Koch, Bob Tway, John Rollins, Fred Funk, Carl Petterson, Chip Beck, Jim Simons, Ben Crenshaw, Steve Melnyk, Andy Bean and Steve Liebler. Liebler won the who the Eastern in three different decades and is the only golfer to have ever qualified for the USGA Junior, USGA Amateur, USGA Open, USGA Public Links, USGA Senior Open and USGA Senior Amateur as well as representing his state in the USGA Team competition.

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