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Cal’s James Song leads round one of the Gobbler Am
23 Nov 2020
by Brayden Conover of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for Gobbler Amateur, Sewailo Golf Club, James Song Rankings

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James Song (Cal Athletics)
James Song (Cal Athletics)

University of California junior James Song took advantage of unseasonably warm weather to take an early two shot lead at the 2020 Gobbler, hosted at Sewailo Golf Club in Tuscon, Arizona on Monday.

The Golden Bear kicked things off fittingly, making three consecutive birdies on his fourth through sixth holes of the day (Nos. 13-15). The turkey set the tone for the rest of his bogey-free round of 5-under, 66. Knocking home two more birdies on his way back to the clubhouse, Song’s 66 bested his career-low of 67, which he has marked four times through two seasons at Cal.

Not having a fall season as the Golden Bears are a part of the Pac-12, Song is looking to piece together a bit of momentum as the Pac-12 is all systems go once the spring semester is among us.

Trailing Song by two is High Point University redshirt freshman Christian Castillo. The Texas native was not phased a bit by the noticeable winds that plagued golfers on Monday. Beginning his tournament with a turkey of his own, Castillo traded three bogeys for six birdies to put himself in prime position with 36 holes remaining.

High school senior and South Carolina commit Gavin Aurilia trails Song by three shots. The future Gamecock had an eagle on the par-4 eighth immediately negated on No. 9 as he picked up a double-bogey to make the turn at two-under, 33. The score would hold for the rest of the day as the Phoenix native battled to stay even on the back nine.

Aurillia is tied alongside Canadian, Max Sekulic at 2-under, 69. 11 players, led by 2019 Sizzler Amateur Champion Trevor Lampson, are tied at 1-under 70.

Play resumes at 8:00 am local time with 36 holes separating the Gobbler from the 2020 champion.

Results: Gobbler Amateur
1NVScott RescignoReno, NV30071-73-63=207
T2WAEric HagenAberdeen, WA20073-68-68=209
T2New ZealandHarry HillierNew Zealand20071-67-71=209
T2TXAdam HouseRockwall, TX20070-68-71=209
T2CASam SommerhauserRocklin, CA20072-67-70=209

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ABOUT THE Gobbler Amateur

Founded in 2016, the Gobbler Invitational is a 54-hole stroke play event with no cut. It is open to male amateur golfers with an index of 3.0 or less. A variety of exemption categories are offered, based mostly on rankings and USGA appearances. The top 10 finishers will be exempt into the Saguaro Amateur in January.

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