AIKEN, SC (July 21, 2016) -- What a day by Jake McBride on Thursday at the Palmetto Amateur. The rising NC State senior put together a remarkable 9-under 61 to storm to the top of the 36-hole leaderboard. Heading into the third round at the Palmetto Golf Club McBride sits at 10-under and leads by four-strokes.
Remarkably McBride started somewhat slowly on Thursday with a birdie and a bogey over the course of his first six holes. McBride then kick started his round with a birdie on the 7th, the first of four straight. Following two pars the ACC Championship co-runner-up got rolling again with birdies on five of the six final holes, including three consecutive birds to close out his round with a homeward nine 6-under 30. In all McBride carded 11 birdies on the day.
First round co-leader and future Clemson Tiger Doc Redman will begin the third round in second place alone. After shooting a 5-under 65 on Wednesday Redman shot a 1-under 69 in the second round with three birdies and two bogeys.
Four players; William Register (North Carolina), first round co-leader Ben Dietrich (South Carolina), Trent Phillips and James Clark III are all tied for second at 5-under and still very much in the mix just five-strokes back with two rounds remaining.
ROUND ONE RECAP
5-under 65 was the magic number on the first day of the Palmetto Amateur. Two players; Ben Dietrich and Doc Redman, were both able to reach the number and they will carry a one-stroke lead into Thursday's second round.
Dietrich, who did not compete during his junior year at South Carolina, had an interesting first day. His round got off to a good start with a 2nd hole birdie and then took a drastic turn as Dietrich bogeyed the next three holes to drop to 2-over.
Now looking for some momentum Dietrich birdied the 6th and the 8th holes to get back to even-par. Those two birdies set the stage for some homeward nine fireworks as Dietrich rolled in another birdie on the 10th and then two more on Nos. 12 and 13 before eagling the par-5 14th. When the eagle fell on No. 14 it concluded a 7-under, nine hole stretch that lifted Dietrich from 2-over to 5-under.
The South Carolina product parred out and signed for a back nine 5-under 31.
Redman made his 65 look much simpler as he accomplished the feat without a blemish. The birdies for Redman, a future Clemson Tiger, came on Nos. 5, 9, 10, 14 and 18. Redman recently qualified for his first U.S. Amateur.
Andrew Novak (Wofford College) and Stephen Franken (NC State) both shot 4-under 66's and they are both tied for third. Five other players came in at 3-under and are tied for fifth.