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Mississippi Am: Brescher takes early lead
SAUCIER, Miss. (June 7, 2013) -- Eddie Brescher of Canton went low this morning in the first round of the State Amateur Championship at Grand Bear Gold Course. An impressive start to the day with three birdies on ten, eleven and twelve setup Brescher perfectly and an eagle on number 2 solidified his place at the top of the leaderboard at 4-under par, 68. Brescher is awarded the Mike Magee Trophy as the low round medalist.

The closest competition sits two strokes back. Steve Wilson of Ocean Springs and Nick Beale of Pass Christian are tied at 2-under, 70. The second round will certainly be one to follow as the field will be cut to the low 60 and ties following 36 holes.

Threatening weather held off for the afternoon and only a light rain came through. The Mississippi Golf Association sends out a big thanks to the entire staff at Grand Bear for the continuous hospitality. Looking forward to the remainder of the Championship and awarding the Spec Wilson trophy at the conclusion of play Sunday.

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ABOUT THE Mississippi State Amateur

Format: The tournament is scheduled for 72 holes of stroke play with a cut to the low 60(+ties) after 36 holes of play. Field size is limited to 120 players. Qualifiers will be held for the State Amateur, including an Open Qualifier, the week of the event. Each is scheduled for 18 holes of stroke play. The number of players to advance will be determined by the number of entries for each qualifier and the number available in the field after the exempt players have reserved their place. The same percentage from each qualifier will advance to the championship.

Eligibility: The Amateur Championship is open to male amateurs who are bona fide residents of the state of Mississippi for at least 60 days prior to the first round of the tournament. Participants must conform with the USGA Rules of Amateur Status. All participants in Mississippi Golf Association State Championships are required to have an active GHIN Handicap through a USGA Licensed Mississippi Club.

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