Southern Amateur: Go, Crouch share 54 hole lead
Co-leader Stoney Crouch
Co-leader Stoney Crouch

PINEHURST, North Carolina (July 21, 2017) - The final round of the 111th Southern Amateur Championship promises to be a shootout, as six players are within one shot of the lead.

The Dogwood Course at the Country Club of North Carolina is giving up good scores this week, with 50 players under par through three rounds. No doubt it will take a low round tomorrow to win the championship.

Lloyd Jefferson Go held the lead in round one after a 7-under 65 before falling one shot back yesterday. Now, the recent Dogwood Invitational champion is back on top, tied with Stoney Crouch of Mount Juliet, TN at 11-under heading into the final round.

Go, of the Philippines shot 71 today; Crouch was a shot higher at even par. Four players sit just one shot off the lead, including 18 hole and 36 hole co-leader Karl Vilips of Australia. Vilips, after rounds of 65 and 68 today shot 73 finish at 10-under.

Also at 10-under are Andrew Alligood of St. Johns, FL who shot a 68 on Friday; Zachary Bauchou of Forest, VA who had the day's low round, a 6-under 66; and Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, SC who shot a 71.

Defending champion, Jimmy Stanger of Tampa, FL carded a third round 72 (213) and stands in a tie for 31st place.

Round 3 Notes:

  • 50 players are under par through 54-holes (field average 71.9)
  • Bauchou's round of 66 was eclipsed only by the 65s shot in the first round by Go and Vilips
  • Pierceson Coody (grandson of 1971 Masters champ Charles Coody) shot 67 to move into a tie for 7th
  • The low CCNC member is W. Scott Lincicome - he is T31 at 3-under


Stoney Crouch, an incoming senior at Lipscomb University, has grabbed a piece of the Southern Amateur lead after posting 67 on top of his first round 66.

On Wednesday, Crouch recorded an amazing 10 birdies at Country Club of North Carolina's Dogwood Course. But two bogeys and a double kept the round from being extra special. Today, Crouch made seven birdies. Five of those were on the back nine, where he also recorded the day's two bogeys.

At 11-under 143, Crouch is tied with Australian Karl Vilips (65-68) while first round co-leader and Dogwood champ Lloyd Jefferson Go of The Philippines posted 69 and stands alone in third at 10-under total heading into Friday's third round.

Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C. is solo fourth after a round of 66 and 9-under total. Rounding out the top-5 is Tyler McDaniel of Manchester, Kentucky. McDaniel had just one bogey in his round of 68 and stands 8-under through 36-holes.


SOUTHERN PINES, North Carolina (July 19, 2017) -- Midway through the summer, a picture starts to paint itself on the North American golf circuit.

There are college students looking to stay sharp, and recent graduates trying to hone their games before taking a stab at the pro tours. Some of them are delaying the day they "turn" -- not to vampires, but something a lot different from the pure amateurs they are now.

Add to that the foreign contingency -- led by Australians enjoying our summer weather and facing off against the world's best -- and you've got an amazing pool of talent despite the fact that at least four major amateur events are being played at the same time.

They all have great fields!

At the Southern Amateur, Lloyd Jefferson Go of The Philippines posted 65 at the Dogwood Course at Country Club of North Carolina (we'll call it CCNC from here) to tie Karl Vilips of Australia for the first round lead of the 111th Southern Amateur.

Go, who recorded a breakout victory at the end of June at the Dogwood Invitational in Atlanta, had 8 birdies and an eagle, while Vilips had a blemish-free card with 7 birdies.

The host course looks a lot like Augusta National with it's tall Carolina Pines resplendent with pine straw underneath. But it's certainly no pushover. These guys just make it look that way.

The duo are chased by a top field, perhaps the strongest of any of the simultaneously held events. Stoney Crouch - Dawson Armstrong's teammate at Lipscomb University -- is lurking a shot back at 66 while the laid-back Charlie Dann of Australia sits solo fourth. A 9-way tie for 5th is at 68.

Defending champion Jimmy Stanger of Tampa, FL started his title defense with an opening round of 68 placing him only three shots off the lead.

A full 69 players shot under par on the 7301-yard layout, 29 of them in the 60s.

RELATED - Watch a video of Lloyd Jefferson Go winning The Dogwood

Results: Southern Amateur
1AustraliaKarl VilipsAustralia120065-68-73-67=273
2TNStoney CrouchMount Juliet, TN90066-67-72-69=274
T3FLAndrew AlligoodSaint Johns, FL70071-67-68-71=277
T3VAZach BauchouForest, VA70069-71-66-71=277
T3PhilippinesLloyd Jefferson GoPhilippines70065-69-71-72=277

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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). This is a 72-hole stroke play championship with a cut made after 36 holes. Entries are open to any male amateur golfer who has a current USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4 under the USGA Handicap System. Non-exempt players must pre-qualify at one of the qualifying sites held across the southern U.S. in the two months leading up to the championship.

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