Jeansonne, Richardson take early Southern Am lead
Nathan Jeansonne (LSU photo)
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (July 18, 2018) – After one round at the Southern Amateur, two players share the lead at 7-under 65. Hunter Richardson
of Clarksville, Tenn., and Nathan Jeansonne
of Keithville La., went low on a day when 48 of the 155 players in the field were under par.
Richardson, who just completed his senior season at Tennessee-Martin, highlighted his round with an eagle at the 11th hole and six birdies. LSU’s Jeansonne, meanwhile, went out in even par but made six birdies in a row from holes 11 thru 16 to get into contention and finished with a birdie on 18. It left him with a back-nine 29 and a share of the lead.
One shot back in a tie for third place are Stewart Slayden
of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and Luke Long
of Fayetteville, Ark. Slayden, one of the youngest players in the field, carded eight birdies and two bogeys on his way to a 6-under 66. Long made birdies on Nos. 2, 8, 10, 11, 15, 16 and 18, and only one birdie for his almost flawless 66.
Southern Junior Champion Charlie Flynn
of Shreveport, La., posted a 4-over 76 in the first round, placing him in a tie for 120th position. Flynn won the 46th Southern Junior Championship last month at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, La.
Defending champion Karl Vilips is not in the field to defend his title this week. Instead, he is playing the U.S. Junior at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.
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
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