Nottingham Loses Shots But Still Leads Tennessee State Am
William Nottingham has a one stroke lead at the halfway point<br>(TGA photo)
William Nottingham has a one stroke lead at the halfway point
(TGA photo)

NASHVILLE, TN (August 9, 2017) - There were 18 players who entered the second round of the 102nd Tennessee State Amateur under-par. Only one of those players was able to find red figures again.

Brayden Garrison followed up his opening round two-under-par 70 with a 71 to get to three-under-par for the championship. The sophomore from the University of Tennessee is tied for second place.

Joining him at three-under-par is Kevin Burns. The sophomore from East Tennessee State University, who opened the championship with a 76, fired the low round of the championship, a seven-under-par 65. “I was thinking about making the cut,” Burns said in the scoring tent after vaulting into a tie for second.

Both college sophomores are chasing another college sophomore, William Nottingham. The Clemson golfer, who employed his mother as his caddie, looked to create some separation early Wednesday morning after consecutive birdies on Nos. 14-15 left him seven-under-par for the championship. However, the first-round co-leader suffered a double bogey on No. 16 and a bogey on No. 17. After a par on No. 18 Nottingham finished with a 73, leaving him four-under-par after 36 holes. Nottingham finds himself alone atop a crowded leaderboard.

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Multiple players find themselves in contention after bounce-back rounds in the 60s. Nick Garretson followed up and opening round 75 with a five-under-par 67 to enter a tie for fourth. Austin Carter is also in the tie for fourth after a second round 68. Lawrence Largent fired a 68 of his own to jump into the top-10.

The top 60 and ties made the 36-hole cut. The cut line fell at five-over-par 149.

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Applications are open to amateurs who possess an active USGA/GHIN Handicap Index of 8.0 or less from a TGA member club or course. An 18-hole stroke play qualifier is required for those who do not meet the exemption criteria. Format consists of 72 holes of stroke play with a cut to the low 60 and ties after the second round.

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