Julian Keur opens Carolinas Amateur with 7-under 65
Julian Keur watches an approach shot on day one of the Carolinas Amateur <br>(CGA Photo)
Julian Keur watches an approach shot on day one of the Carolinas Amateur
(CGA Photo)

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (July 13, 2017) - Thursday was a good day to be a reigning CGA champion. The top three spots following the first round of play at the 103rd Carolinas Amateur are held by 2017 CGA championship winners. The lowest round was posted by 21-year-old Julian Keur of Summerville, S.C. Keur posted a sensational seven-under 65, just one-shot shy of The Golf Club at Briar's Creek's course record set by PGA TOUR player Russell Henley.

Starting on No. 10, Keur - who captured his first CGA title last month at the South Carolina Amateur Match Play - opened his round with six birdies in an eight-hole stretch on Briar's Creek's back nine.

"I was on cruise control there for a little bit," Keur said with a smile after the round. "I was able to get at most of the pins and made 5 to 6-foot birdie putts." On the 205-yard par-3 17th, Keur rolled in a 50-foot birdie putt. "I thought it left it short," said Keur, a rising senior at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. "But these greens are in such good shape it just kept rolling and rolling and I was fortunate enough for it to go in."

With back-to-back birdies on the first two holes of his inward nine, Keur reached 8-under-par and talk began of a new course record. However, a wayward drive on the par-5 5th led to his only bogey. Four finishing pars capped Keur's 65, good for a one-stroke lead. "It's always good to start off low, but I know I've still got three rounds to go, there's a lot of golf to be played."

One of the players who try to chase down Keur is John Eades of Charlotte, N.C. Eades also won his first CGA championship in 2017, claiming the Carolinas Mid-Amateur in April. Playing in Thursday's morning wave, Eades set the bar with a six-under 66. Three consecutive birdies on holes 3, 4, and 5 kick-started his round. "It's a long tournament, you try to find stretches where you can make a few birdies in a row to propel you through the round." The 34-year-old Eades added four more birdies with just one bogey to finish the first round alone in second place.

Although he was unable to get in a practice round yesterday, Eades had an ease about him playing an unfamiliar course. "When you don't get to practice and play that much as a mid-am, it's about the enjoyment of being outside, spend time with your dad [his caddy], it's just a blast."

18-year-old Ryan Marter of Columbia is in third following a five-under 67. Marter won his first CGA championship in May this year at the Carolinas Four-Ball. Four players are tied for fourth at four-under 68. Thirty-one players posted scores below par on Thursday.

Results: Carolinas Amateur
1SCR.J. KeurSummerville, SC40065-66-69-69=269
2SCConnor BrunsDuncan, SC30073-67-67-69=276
4SCAndrew OrischakHilton Head, SC20072-68-71-69=280
3SCRyan MarterColumbia, SC20067-69-70-73=279
5NCNolan MillsCharlotte, NC20069-75-68-70=282

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ABOUT THE Carolinas Amateur

The championship is conducted at 72 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes, there is a cut to the low 60 scores and ties. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 13th birthday by the first day of the championship, is a legal resident of North Carolina or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the CGA and has an active GHIN USGA Handicap Index at a CGA member club that does not exceed 9.9.

The Frank F. Capers Cup Team Competition is held during rounds one and two of the Carolinas Amateur Championship. Three or four bona fide members from the same club comprise a team. The low three scores count each round.

Format changed from match play to stroke play in 2010.

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