Southern Am: McManus leads into final round

PALM HARBOR, FL – Tarquin McManus, a University of Arizona senior from Cairns, Australia, holds a one-stroke lead heading into Saturday’s final round of the 105th Southern Amateur at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead course.

McManus fired a 5-under-par 66 on Friday to take the lead at 206 thanks to a sterling up-and-down save from out of the rough short of the 18th hole. That total kept him one stroke in front of UCLA All-American Gregor Main and Georgia Tech sophomore Richy Werenski, who said he will be playing in the final group at any significant tournament for the first time in his memory. “And this is definitely a significant event,” McManus said of a venerable Southern Am that has evolved into a national and international major amateur.

Main, who overcame a run of three bogeys midway through his opening nine Friday, will be gunning for his second Southern Am title, having won this event two years ago in Memphis.

A perk awaiting the winner is an exempt spot in the PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando next March.

Results For Southern Amateur Golf Championship
1GAHarris EnglishThomasville, GA100069-68-73-65--275
T2ALBobby WyattMobile, AL70070-72-70-66--278
T2MARichy WerenskiSouth Hadley, MA70068-71-68-71--278
T2AustraliaTarquin MacManusAustralia70073-67-66-72--278
5FLBlayne BarberLake City, FL50071-72-69-67--279

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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.) 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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