Ryan Lumsden takes Third Round South Beach International advantage
(Northwestern Athletics Photo)
MIAMI, FL (December 21, 2016) -- With play being contested at Miami Beach Golf Club for each of the final two days of the South Beach International Amateur the lead is now owned by Northwestern sophomore Ryan Lumsden. With one day remaining Lumsden, 12-under, holds a tenuous one-stroke lead over Chander Blanchet while another nine players are within five-strokes.
On Wednesday Lumsden, from Scotland used a flawless bogey-free 4-under 67 to take the lead. His birdies came on the 1st, 2nd, 11th and 17th holes. So far this year Lumsden has put together an impressive sophomore campaign with his best finish coming at the Marquette Intercollegiate where he shared medalist honors.
Second round co-leader Chandler Blanchet from Division II West Florida was 2-under in the third round and moved to 11-under to take the second place spot heading into the final round. Blanchet bogeyed the 4th hole before playing error free the rest of the day with tweeters on the 6th, 7th and 17th holes.
Two talented players sit in third place at 10-under, 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Phillip Barbaree and Garrick Higgo of South Africa.
Barbaree, who is enrolling at LSU for the 2017 spring season, tallied a 4-under 67 that included six birdies and two bogeys.
Higgo, the 2016 Northern Amateur Open and Central Gauteng Amateur Open winner, had a 4-under 67 of his own with four birdies, two bogeys and the highlight of his round, an eagle on the par-5 15th that followed a birdie on the 14th.
Virginia junior Danny Walker is in fifth at 9-under. Walker has posted rounds of 70-66-67 so far and was propelling into the top-5 with a hole-in-one of the 233 yard par-3 ninth. His ace was the fourth of the week.
Auburn's Graysen Huff began the day with a piece of the lead but feel into a tie for seventh at 7-under.
ABOUT THE South Beach International
72-hole event with 36-hole cut. Open to
ranked amateurs, college players, mid-amateurs
and juniors. Non-exempt players must submit a playing
resume to be considered for the field.
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