Connor Howe takes lead at Southern Amateur
15 Jul 2021
by Jim Young of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for Southern Amateur, Idle Hour Country Club, Connor Howe Rankings

Courtesy of Southern Amateur
Courtesy of Southern Amateur

How low can they go? Ask Connor.

Connor Howe, a junior at Georgia Tech, shot an 9-under round of 62 on Thursday to take the solo lead at the 115th Southern Amateur being played at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss.

After opening with a 68 on Wednesday, the Ogden, Utah native made seven birdies on his first nine holes to open his second round, including three straight out of the gates. He turned in 29 and added three more birdies on the back for an inward nine of 33 and a round of 62.

Maxwell Moldovan, who had a share of the first-round lead at 7-under after opening with a 64, is two back at 10-under 132 after carding a 68 on Thursday.

Karl Vilips, the 2017 Southern Amateur champion, is also at 10-under after a second round 67.

Connor McKinney and Reid Davenport, who along with Moldovan shared the first round lead at 7-under, fell five shots off the pace after shooting even par rounds of 71 on Thursday.

One hundred and fifty-six top-ranked golfers, representing 33 states and six countries, are competing for the Championship title.

The greatest amateur of them all, Bobby Jones, won this tournament three times. Past champions of the Southern Amateur also include: Harris English, Kyle Stanley, Webb Simpson, Justin Leonard, Len Mattiace, Scott Dunlap, Steve Lowery, Mark Brooks, Bob Tway, Ben Crenshaw, Bill Rogers, Lanny Wadkins, Hubert Green, and Gay Brewer.

Results: Southern Amateur
1OHMaxwell MoldovanUniontown, OH120064-68-65-67=264
2TNBryce LewisHendersonville, TN90068-69-66-66=269
T3AustraliaConnor McKinneyAustralia70064-71-67-68=270
T3FLGarrett BarberStuart, FL70068-65-68-69=270
T5TXJohnny KeeferSan Antonio, TX70068-68-68-67=271

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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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