Southern Amateur: Three tied in weather-delayed event
16 Jul 2008
see also: Southern Amateur Golf Championship, Olde Stone Golf Club


ORLANDO, Fla. (July 17, 2008)--Of the three players leading the incomplete first round of the 102nd Southern Amateur on Wednesday at Lake Nona Club, two are alternates who slipped into the field as last-minute replacements.

Tim McKenney, a Florida Gator junior from Scottsdale AZ, was the last player added to the field and made the best of it with a 7-under-par 65 to join Atlanta’s Tim Schaetzel and Georgia junior Hudson Swafford in the lead.

Schaetzel got it as the first alternate and blistered his opening nine with a 7-under-par 29.

“It’s exciting to lead a tournament this important, but you don’t win on the first day," said Schaetzel.

McKenney caught fire after holing a 25-foot birdie putt on the eighth hole to launch a string of eight birdies in nine holes. Swafford holed two 30-foot putts to highlight a round he described as “a definite confidence builder.”

The surprising trio tied the Lake Nona competitive amateur course record and upstaged an elite, international field sprinkled with top-ranked amateurs.

Former Southern Am champ and Clemson ace Kyle Stanley opened with a 70 and USC All-American Rory Hie managed 69. Orlando local favorite Sam Saunders also opened with 69.

Florida State star Matt Savage, fresh from his North-South championship, had 70.

Following two lengthy rain delays, play was suspended with 80 players still on the course, who will have to complete their first round early Thursday.

The international field of 168 players will be cut to 66 players and ties after the second round. The 72-hole event concludes on Saturday.

--Courtesy SGA

Results For Southern Amateur Golf Championship
1*WAKyle StanleyGig Harbor, WA100070-71-67-66--274
T2PAMike Van SickleWexford, PA70069-69-69-67--274
T2PhilippinesJude EustaquioPhilippines70066-70-71-67--274
T4SCGeorge BryanChapin, SC50070-70-73-63--276
T4AustraliaTim StewartAustralia50068-69-70-69--276

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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). This is a 72-hole stroke play championship with a cut made after 36 holes. Entries are open to any male amateur golfer who has a current USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4 under the USGA Handicap System. Non-exempt players must pre-qualify at one of the qualifying sites held across the southern U.S. in the two months leading up to the championship.

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