New leaders Funk, Felton ahead at Southern Amateur
Taylor Funk
Taylor Funk

WEST POINT, Miss. — Texas rising sophomore Taylor Funk, one of three sons of PGA Tour stars in the field, charged into a share of the lead Thursday with a 6-under 65 in the 109th Southern Amateur at Old Waverly Club.

Asked about his lofty position after 36 holes, the son of Fred Funk said: "Pretty special considering this is a big tournament with lots of world-ranked players and on a great course."

Robert Mize (Larry) survived the 36-hole cut, but Dru Love (Davis) did not.

After his bogey-free round, Funk is tied for the lead with Aussie Jarryd Felton, both at 7-under-par 135 totals. Josh Lee of Orange Park, Fla., and Tom Lovelady of Birmingham, Ala. are one stroke off the pace.

First round co-leaders Cooper Musselman and Joshua Munn fell off the top of the leaderboard, but are only two and three shots back, respectively. Musselman, who plays collegiately for the University of Kentucky, shot 71 on day two while Munn, a native New Zealander, posted 72.

Low Mississippians are Olive Branch's Braden Thornberry and Hattiesburg's David Riley, who chipped in from 99 feet just off his final green for an eagle 3 to make the 36-hole cut.

Results For Southern Amateur Golf Championship
1FLTaylor FunkPonte Vedra, FL120070-65-69-69=273
T2FLTaylor HancockClearwater, FL90070-69-68-67=274
T2LABen SuarezSulphur, LA90071-66-68-69=274
T4SCMatt NeSmithNorth Augusta, SC70069-71-66-69=275
T4CABryson DeChambeauClovis, CA70072-68-67-68=275

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ABOUT THE Southern Amateur

The Southern Amateur, which dates back to 1902, is one of two competitions held by the Southern Golf Association. (The other is the Southern Junior.) 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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