Matt Liston (L) and Jamie Mist lead at the CC of Columbus (CCofC photo)
COLUMBUS, GA (June 13, 2018) - Matt Liston (Louisville, KY) and Jamie Mist (Hayling Island, England) shot 5-under 65s to share the lead at the 89th Southeastern Amateur at the Country Club of Columbus.
Liston, a rising junior at the University of Kentucky, got off to about the hottest start possible, making birdies on six of his first seven holes (all except the par-5 4th) to get to 6 under. He cooled off from there but was still 6 under until a bogey on the 18th dropped him to -5 for the day.
Mist went the other way, riding a roller coaster over his first few holes, then kicking it into another gear. Over his first five holes, Mist collected the whole set of scores: an eagle (#1), birdie (#4), par (#2), bogey (#5) and a double (#3). From there he found his groove and consistent red numbers, with five birdies the rest of the way with no more dropped shots.
Bryan Wiyang Teoh, a Malaysian native who moved to Jupiter, FL and is now committed to play for UCLA starting this fall, is one shot back after a 66. Chip Thomas, a rising Junior at tMiddle Tennessee State, is also at that number. Like Liston, Thomas started off hot, going 5 under through 4 holes and 7 under through 10. But a bogey on 13 and a double at the short par-3 16th knocked him back.
Three players sit tied for fifth at 3-under 67: Mercer freshman Nolan Miller (Columbus, GA), Mississippi State rising junior Garrett Johnson (Hayden, AL) and rising Florida Southern senior Christian Anderson (Ocala, FL).
Scoring was good at the classic Donald Ross course, with 15 players breaking par and another 8 matching it. It remains to be seen whether the all-time scoring record of 18-under 262 set last year by Jonathan Hardee will be threatened this year.
The tournament continues Thursday with round two starting at 8:30am. Mist is in the first group at 8:30, while Liston has an afternoon tee time.
ABOUT THE Southeastern Amateur
The Southeastern Amateur is a top-level amateur
golf tournament with a rich history
dating back to 1922 - when the tournament was
created by Fred Haskins. Each year,
the Southeastern Amateur has the great honor of
hosting many of the nation's top
amateur golfers, from Division I NCAA National
Champions to the nation's top Mid-
Field is limited to 90 players. The format is 72 holes
play. The field will be cut to the low 60 and ties after
$295 entry fee includes practice round, at least three
tournament rounds, and breakfast/lunch each day.
Open qualifier held the day before the tournament.
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