James Anstiss leads Louisiana Amateur at midway point
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SPRINGFIELD, LA (June 11, 2016) -- Following a 1-under-par 71, in the third round of the Louisiana Amateur James Anstiss continues to lead the field. With 18-holes left to be played at Carter Plantation on Sunday, Anstiss is 8-under and ahead of Patrick Christovich (-6) by two-strokes. Anstiss has led at the end of each of the first three rounds.
On Saturday Anstiss, a first team All-Southland Conference performer this past year at Southeastern Louisiana, completed his third consecutive under-par round. During the third round Anstiss birdied three holes while bogeying two. His birdies came on holes 4, 9 and 14.
Christovich with rounds of 71-69-70 posted his third straight round in red figures as well. However, his 2-under Saturday score was a bit of an adventure. Christovich, one of the better amateur players in the country, birdied eight holes but also bogeyed one and carded two costly double-bogeys. During one stretch on the back nine from holes 12-16 Christovich went birdie-bogey-birdie-double-birdie.
Hank Shaheen will begin the final round 5-under in third place just three back while Brandon Aydlett and Blake Caldwell are 4-under and tied for fourth.
The only other player under-par is Josh Fullilove at 1-under and in sixth place.
James Anstiss has opened up a three-stroke lead after 36-holes of play at the Louisiana Amateur Championship. Anstiss currently sits at 7-under following rounds of 66-71 at Carter Plantation.
On Thursday Anstiss took the first round lead with a bogey-free round that included six birdies. After starting on the 10th hole Anstiss birdied two holes on the back nine before turning and rolling in four consecutive birdies on holes 1-4. The first team All-Southland Conference performer this past year at Southeastern Louisiana continued his strong play on Friday with a three birdie, two bogey second round.
One of the top mid-amateur players in the country, Patrick Christovich and Blake Caldwell share second place at 4-under and will begin the weekend three-strokes behind. Brandon Aydlett and John Humphries are presently tied for fourth at 2-under.
Hank Shaheen, 1-under, is the only other player under-par. Shaheen is presently tied for sixth.
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