MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Miami Beach Golf Club plays at its toughest when the wind blows out of the southeast as it did Tuesday during the South Beach International Amateur’s third round. While it only blew 12 to 15 miles per hour, a relief from the first two days, the course did not play any easier.
TCU golfer Sarosh Adi followed his incredible round of 64 on Monday with a 1-under par 70 to take a one-stroke lead over the field at 4-under par. LSU’s Eric Ricard and Eastern Carolina’s Jacob Hicks both fired 3-under par 68s to move into a tie for second at 209. Joining Ricard and Hicks was Florida State’s Joshua Lee whose 71 kept him at 3-under par and one stroke back of the lead.
Second round leader and U.S. Junior Amateur champion Philip Barbaree dropped two strokes back of the lead with a 2-over par 73. Florida golfer Jorge Garcia’s even par 71 kept him within striking distance at 210. North Texas golfer Michael Cotton’s stellar 3-under par 68 moved him up the leaderboard to 2-under with Barbaree and Garcia, two strokes back of the leader.
Players who are three strokes off the lead at 211 include Texas commit Cole Hammer (68), Lipscomb’s Dawson Armstrong (72), Florida’s Sam Horsfield (72), and Northwestern’s Andrew Whalen.
The round of the day was played by junior golfer Tyler Strafaci of Davie, Florida. His 67 in very tough conditions showed he is worthy of his reputation as one of the game’s up-and-coming players. Strafaci is one of 15 players within five strokes of the lead going into the final round.
Wake Forest’s Will Zalatoris, Florida’s Andy Zhang, UNC–Wilmington’s Thomas Eldridge, Barry’s Mike Anderson, and Colorado State’s Maximilian Oelfke are also in at 1-over par.
Round four starts at 8:00am tomorrow morning with the leaders' final group teeing off at 11:32am at Miami Beach Golf Club. Spectating is encouraged and admission is free.