LOST PINES, TX (August 5, 2016) -- Brady Price and
Brady Purdom both fired a 3-under par 69 in the first
round of the 2016 South Amateur Championship. The
duo have a one stroke lead over Garrett Velarde and
Austin Cotton, who sit at 2-under par 70. Wolfdancer
Golf Club, southeast of Austin in Lost Pines, is the host
site for this year’s Championship.
The Woodlands’ Price got off to a hot start with two
birdies in his first six holes. Price gave one back with a
bogey on his eight hole, the par three 17th. Price was
able to keep his cool and he followed it up with another
birdie on the par five 18th to turn at 2-under par 34.
Price carded two birdies and one bogey on his second
nine, to post a 3-under par 69. Price shares the one
stroke lead with Brady Purdom.
Friendswood’s Purdom didn’t get off to the start
that he hoped after carding two bogies in his first five
holes. He tried to get it going after a birdie on the par
four seventh, but he gave his stroke away with a bogey
on the following hole. After turning at 2-over par 38,
Purdom was able to turn it on. Purdom fired four birdies
in the next six holes. Purdom gave one back with a
bogey on the par four 16th but he was able to bounce
back with an eagle on the par five 18th. Purdom carded
a 5-under par 31 on his second nine to join Price at 3-
under par. Price and Purdom hold a tight lead over five
players are within three shots of the lead.
Garrett Velarde, of Houston, got off to a steady
start with two pars on his first two holes but gave one
back with a bogey on the par five third hole. Velarde
was able to bounce back and card two birdies on Holes
4 and 5 to get to 1-under par. Velarde gave another
back on the par four ninth to turn at even par 36.
Velarde made two more birdies and one bogey on his
second nine on his way to an opening round 2-under
Austin Cotton, of Austin, joined Velarde after
carding a 2-under par round of 70. Cotton opened his
round with five pars on his opening five holes. He gave
one back with a bogey on his sixth hole, the par four
15th. Cotton bounced back with a birdie on the par five
18th to turn at even par 36. He wasn’t able to keep the
momentum going and he gave the shot right back on
the par four first hole. Cotton bounced back and
recorded three birdies in his last five holes and joined
Velarde at 2-under par.
Danny Simmerman, of Shavano Park, trails by two
strokes after carding a 1-under par 71. The 2016 South
Mid-Amateur Champion sits in solo fifth. Right behind
Simmerman at even par 72 are Joseph Naffah, of San
Antonio, and Alex Travanovich, of League City.
Wolfdancer Golf Club played host to the 2012 Texas
Senior Four-Ball. The Arthur Hills design, which is
situated at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa,
opened in 2006.
The second round of the 2016 South Amateur
Championship begins at 8:00 a.m. CDT on Saturday
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