Keefer catches Lee at top of Southern Amateur leaderboard
John Keefer (Southern GA/Twitter photo)
John Keefer (Southern GA/Twitter photo)

In a field of collegians, John Keefer may initially be easy to overlook. The high schooler made that harder to do on Friday at the Southern Amateur with a third-round 65 that gave him a share of the lead at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock, Ark.

Keefer hails from San Antonio, Texas, and will play college golf at Baylor. He had a sneaky good 22nd-place finish at the Trans-Miss Amateur earlier this month and played the Toyota Junior World Cup in Japan before that.

Keefer’s birdie runs came in threes on Friday. After an initial birdie at No. 3, he scored three in a row from Nos. 6-8, and again at Nos. 11-3. His only mistake was a double bogey at No. 16, but he made up for it with a final birdie at No. 18.

For the first time this week, Walker Lee now has company at the top of the leaderboard. The Texas A&M player opened with rounds of 65-71 and added a 68 on Friday. He and Keefer are both at 9 under, one shot ahead of Noah Woolsey, who plays for Washington, and Blaine Hale, a recent Oklahoma graduate.

The leaderboard is plenty crowded entering the final round, as the next 19 players are under par for 54 holes.

Results: Southern Amateur
1COA.J. OttFort Collins, CO120070-73-64-67=274
2CANoah WoolseyPleasanton, CA90067-70-68-69=274
T3LAPhilip BarbareeShreveport, LA70070-71-65-69=275
T3TXWalker LeeHouston, TX70065-71-68-71=275
T3MSWilson FurrJackson, MS70067-71-68-69=275

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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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