Wyatt, Williamson share lead at Southern Amateur
Peter Williamson
Peter Williamson

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 20, 2012) -- Ivy League star Peter Williamson and world No. 1-ranked Alabaman Bobby Wyatt are tied for the lead into Saturday’s final round of the 106th Southern Amateur at Chenal CC demanding Bear Den Course.

Wyatt and Williamson, a recent Dartmouth grad who won the ACC individual title three times, overtook the 36-hole leaders Friday with matching, 2-under-par 70s for 209 totals. One stroke back at 210 are a pair of Floridians, gutsy little Central Florida grad Brad Schneider, he of the reconstructed left leg, and Jupiter’s Daniel Berger, a rising Florida State soph. Schneider gamely fought back after a tough-break double bogey on the second hole with solid play and a 70-foot eagle putt on No. 15 to top Wyatt’s similar feat. Georgia’s Keith Mitchell, the 36-hole leader, suffered a meltdown in Little Rock’s triple-digit heat, soaring to 7-over-par in his opening five holes before gaining his equilibrium and an 80-216.

Wyatt, Alabama All-American from Mobile, overcame his own shaky start of 2 bogeys in the first three holes to roar back to take the lead on the back nine. When he rolled in a 60-foot eagle putt on the 15th, it appeared Wyatt would start the final round as sole leader. However, he bogeyed the final hole to fall into a tie with Williamson, who chipped in twice for birdies during the round. Williamson won the North-South Amateur two weeks ago and feels he has some momentum. “My immediate (pro) future may be determined by what happens here,” he said. “Winning here would be special.”

Wyatt likes the position of being tied for the lead into the finale. “This is the position you want to put yourself in,” he said. “I’d love to win the Southern Am for a lot of reasons.”

The winner will earn the Southern Am’s exemption into 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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