Moldovan back on top of the leaderboard at the Southern Amateur
16 Jul 2021
by Jim Young of AmateurGolf.com

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Courtesy of Southern Amateur
Courtesy of Southern Amateur

There are no shortage of birdies at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss. where Maxwell Moldovan moved back to the top of the Southern Amateur leaderboard on Friday after carding a third round 6-under score of 65.

Moldovan made six birdies in a bogey-free round which left him at 16-under 197 for three days of work at Old Waverly. The Ohio State Buckeye opened his third round with a birdie on the first hole and added two more birdies on holes 5 and 6 to make the turn in 32. Three more birdies followed on holes 10, 16 and, for the third consecutive day, on 18 for a brilliant round of 65.

“I got off to a good start by making a 30-foot birdie from the fringe on one,” said Moldovan. “It’s good to make a birdie out of the gates when you’re playing in the final group to ease the nerves a bit.”

Moldovan will take a two-stroke lead into Saturday’s final round over second round leader Connor Howe, who followed up his blistering round of 62 on Thursday with a third round 69.

Brayden Garrison, who recently completed his collegiate career at Tennessee, moved into solo third at 13-under 200 after a third round 65, which included six birdies and an eagle.

Four others, including 2017 Southern Amateur champion Karl Vilips, are four back at 12-under par.

After rounds of 64-68-65, Moldovan sees no reason to alter his game plan heading into tomorrow’s final round.

“I’m going to go out and keep on doing what I’ve been doing and that’s hitting a lot of fairways and greens and giving myself chances. I have faith in whatever is going to happen will happen and I’m just excited about what tomorrow might bring.”

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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