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Southern Am: Four share lead while rain continues
17 Jul 2008
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ORLANDO, Fla. (July 17, 2008)--Florida Gator junior Tyson Alexander shot 7-under-par 65 to join an international foursome atop the 102nd Southern Amateur in the incomplete second round at Lake Nona Club.

A second day of weather delays will force nearly half the field to complete their second round early Friday morning before the field is cut for the final 36 holes.

Alexander, son of the UF golf coach, carded eight birdies and one bogey to complete two rounds at 8-under-par 136.

He is joined at that number by new Florida State Am champ Jude Eustaquio, a native Philippino now living in Lake Worth, Aussie amateur star Matt Jager who carded an ace in his first round and birdied the first three holes on each side Thursday and Georgia Tech senior Taylor Hall from LaGrange GA, who missed a chance to become the sole overnight leader when his 8-foot eagle putt barely missed at his final hole. First-round leaders Hudson Swafford, Tim McKenney and Tim Schaetzel, all at 7-under par through the first round, had barely started their second round before Thursday’s play was suspended.

The tournament is scheduled to end Saturday with the winner earning an exempt spot to play in the PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational next spring in Orlando.

--Courtesy SGA

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.) Its champions roster is like a who’s who’s of competitive golf. (And the same could be said of the standing of its host clubs.) Leading this group is Robert T. (Bobby) Jones, Jr., who was the Southern Amateur Champion in 1917, 1920, and 1922. Others who have won or finished in a challenging position and gone on to national and/or international prominence include Tommy Barnes, Dale Morey, Don January, Gay Brewer, Doug Sanders, Billy Joe Patton, Lew Oehmig, Hubert Green, Downing Gray, Marvin (Vinny) Giles, Lanny Wadkins, Steve Melnyk, Tom Kite, John Mahaffey, Ben Crenshaw, Gary Koch, Bill Rogers, Gil Morgan, Danny Edwards, Andy Bean, Vance Haefner, Jerry Pate, Chip Beck, David Edwards, Jay Sigel, Bob Tway, Mark Brooks, Gene Sauers, Davis Love, Justin Leonard and more recently PGA Tour standouts Webb Simpson and Kyle Stanley, who won twice each between 2005 and 2008 in alternate years.

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Results For Southern Amateur Golf Championship
Place  PtsScores
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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