Two tied for lead at Southern Amateur
Keith Mitchell
Keith Mitchell

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 18, 2012) -- It was a Georgia kind of day Wednesday in the opening round of the 106th Southern Amateur at Chenal CC’s demanding Bear Den course. Georgia Tech soph Oliver Schniederjans and Georgia All-American junior Keith Mitchell each shot 4-under-par 68s to tie for the lead.

“I hit it awesome,” Schniederjans said after hitting 12 of 14 fairways and making just one bogey when he missed a 3-footer for par. "But I now you don't win tournaments in the first round." He was a freshman regular on the Tech team that won the ACC a title this year.

A shot back at 69 were Duke signee Motin Yeung from Orlando and Brad Schneider of Valrico, FL. World No. 1-ranked amateur Bobby Wyatt is another shot back at 71. Local favorite Alex Carpenter, the 2010 Southern Am champ, bounced back from a rough front nine with a 33 on the back to salvage a 3-over 75 and keep hopes alive.

The Southern Am field, with players from 33 states and 10 foreign countries, will be cut to the low 66 and ties after Thursday’s second round. The storied event concludes Saturday, the champion earning an automatic invitation to play in the PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational next spring in Orlando.

Results For Southern Amateur Golf Championship
T1NHPeter WilliamsonHanover, NH100070-69-70-67--276
T1ALBobby WyattMobile, AL100071-68-70-67--276
3FLDaniel BergerJupiter, FL50070-72-68-67--277
T4CAJohn CatlinCarmichael, CA50071-74-70-69--284
T4OKTalor GoochMidwest City, OK50076-69-69-70--284

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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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