Curtis Thompson grabs Dixie Amateur Golf Tournament lead
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—Curtis Thompson of
Coral Springs , Fla. , posted a second straight
3-under 69 on Tuesday to take a one-shot
lead over four other players into Wednesday’s
third round of the Dixie Amateur.
Pursuing Thompson, a freshman at Louisiana
State University who turned 19 on Dec. 12,
are Derek Ernst (67-72) of Clovis , Calif. ,
Motin Yeung (68-71) of Orlando , Fla. , Tom
Lovelady (68-71) of Birmingham , Ala. , and
Wesley Graham (69-70) of Port Orange , Fla.
First-round leader Sebastian Pinzon of Bogota ,
Colombia , who shot a 9-under 63 Monday,
posted a disappointing 81, dropping into a tie
for 37th place.
Eighty players survived the 36-hole cut, which
came at 4-over 147. The first two rounds were
played under warm, sunny and breezy
conditions at Heron Bay Golf Club (par 72,
7,122 yards) and the East Course at
Woodlands Country Club (par 71, 6,827 yards).
The final two rounds will take place at Heron
Thompson is the brother of Lexi Thompson, 16,
who last week became the youngest winner on
the women’s European Tour. In August, she
claimed the same distinction on the LPGA tour.
More than two dozen of the top 500 amateurs
in the world, according to the World Amateur
Golf Ranking, were in the 240-man field
competing in the 81st edition of the historic
tournament. Of the leaders, Thompson is
ranked 263rd in the world while Ernst is 11th
and Yeung is 202nd . Competitors from 19
countries and 32 U.S. states were registered
for the championship, which is one of the
amateurgolf.com "Majors of Amateur Golf".