Parker Bell gets out in front to open North & South Men's Amateur
Parker Bell (John Patota Photo)
Parker Bell (John Patota Photo)

Parker Bell is having a great start to his summer.

Bell, who is a rising junior at Florida in the fall, finished as the medalist at the Dallas, Tex., final qualifying site for the U.S. Open, played well in his first major championship, and now leads the North & South Amateur at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C. after round one.

Bell shot a first-round 6-under 65 on No. 8 and recorded seven birdies and one bogey. He bogeyed No. 3 to start 1-over but played the next 15 holes at 7-under.

"I just knew that there are a lot of birdie opportunities out there and tried to stay patient," Bell told the North & South Amateur after round one. Bell is currently ranked No. 86 in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings.

Davis Ovard is in solo second place at 5-under, and Nicholas Gross, Brycen Jones, Kelly Chinn, and Xihuan Chang are all T3 at 4-under.

Carson Bertagnole, who is T7 at 3-under, made a hole-in-one on No. 5 in the opening round.

Now, Bell will head to Pinehurst No. 2, where he shot rounds of 77-70 in the U.S. Open and missed the cut by just one shot.

"I played it last week when it was playing a little harder than it will (in round two), but I just want to give myself a lot of looks for birdies," Bell said. "I thought I did a great job of that (today) and just try to keep the ball in front of me off the tee and hit as many quality shots as I can."

Results: North & South Amateur
WinTXDavis OvardFrisco, TX1200
Runner-upNCJackson Van ParisPinehurst, NC900
SemifinalsFLJack TurnerOrlando, FL700
SemifinalsMNBen WarianStillwater, MN700
QuarterfinalsPANicholas GrossDowningtown, PA500

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ABOUT THE North & South Amateur

The North & South Amateur Championship is the longest consecutively run amateur tournament in the United States. Its past winners list includes names like Walter Travis, Francis Ouimet, Billy Joe Patton, Jack Nicklaus and Curtis Strange. The field is made up of invited players as well as open applications. Two rounds of stroke play are followed by five rounds of match play (32 qualifiers) to determine the Champion. All stroke & match play rounds are contested on Pinehurst No. 2.

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