Eastern Amateur: Charlie Hanson races out of the gates to take the round one lead
Charlie Hanson (Virginia Tech Athletics Photo)
Charlie Hanson (Virginia Tech Athletics Photo)

Virginia Tech’s Charlie Hanson wasted no time making his presence felt at the 66th Eastern Amateur, shooting a 30 on the back nine at the Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club in Portsmouth, Va. Hanson started on hole No. 10 and birdied three of his first six holes to set the pace.

He followed up the 30 on the back nine with a 31 on the front nine to end his round with a bogey-free 9-under 61. Hanson made nine birdies.

Hanson was the medalist at the 2023 Virginia Amateur.

Hanson has played the Eastern Amateur the past two years, finishing inside the top 10 both times. Hanson’s putt was rolling hot all day and his round was highlighted by birdie putts outside of 30 feet on No. 6, 9, and 14.

Radford’s Bryce Corbett, East Carolina’s Ethan Hall, and Nicholls St. golfer Ryan O’Neill are 4 shots back at 5-under. Patrick Gareiss from Chesapeake and Radford University is another shot back at 4-under.

Evan Beck is the two-time defending champion of the Eastern Amateur, but he is not in the field to defend his title this week.

Results: Eastern Amateur
1NCKyle HaasWinston-Salem, NC40068-68-67-69=272
T2UTBrandon RobisonCenterville, UT30067-67-70-69=273
T2GAJack SchoenbergerAlpharetta, GA30069-63-70-71=273
T4VASihan SandhuAshburn, VA20069-71-66-69=275
T4VABryce CorbettOakton, VA20065-69-67-74=275

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ABOUT THE Eastern Amateur

The Eastern Amateur is a 72 hole stroke play event that perennially attracts a top-drawer field. The tournament has been played -- with the exception of 1977 and 1999 -- at Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club. Elizabeth Manor is a par 70 Dick Wilson design in Portsmouth, Virginia.

The impressive list of winners includes U.S. Open winners Curtis Strange, Ben Crenshaw, Andy Bean, Hubert Green, Jim Furyk and Steve Jones. Other notables who have played in the Eastern Amateur are Lanny Wadkins, Arron Oberholser, Steve Marino, Scott Hoch, Clarence Rose, Gary Koch, Bob Tway, John Rollins, Fred Funk, Carl Petterson, Chip Beck, Jim Simons, Ben Crenshaw, Steve Melnyk, Andy Bean and Steve Liebler. Liebler won the who the Eastern in three different decades and is the only golfer to have ever qualified for the USGA Junior, USGA Amateur, USGA Open, USGA Public Links, USGA Senior Open and USGA Senior Amateur as well as representing his state in the USGA Team competition.

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