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Ben Fogler fires another 66 to lead S.C. Amateur by four strokes

bspear@thestate.comAugust 3, 2013 

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  • Friday’s scores

    Ben Fogler (Elgin)66-66—132

    Carson Young (Pendleton)66-70—136

    Bryce Howell (Blythewood)67-70—137

    Jarrett Swan (Mt. Pleasant)68-69—137

    Kamito Hirai (Summerville)68-69—137

    Jon Mathias (Columbia)66-72—138

    Caleb Sturgeon (Laurens)71-67—138

    J.D. Lehman (Bluffton)69-69—138

    Will Starke (Chapin)68-70—138

    Josh Lorenzetti (Blythewood)68-70—138

    Austin Langdale (Townville)67-71—138

    Todd Hendley (Greer)70-69—139

    Will Murphy (Columbia)70-69—139

    Cody Proveaux (Lexington)71-68—139

    Rob Simmons (Beaufort)70-69—139

    Lee Palms (Greenville)68-71—139

    Brannan Hudson (Columbia)69-70—139

    Stephen Behr (Florence)75-64—139

    Walter Todd (Laurens)73-67—140

    Josh O'Neal (Simpsonville)70-70—140

    Thomas Bradshaw (Columbia)71-69—140

    Tom Kennaday (Columbia)70-71—141

    Bert Atkinson (Charleston)73-68—141

    Lance Johnson (N. Augusta)69-72—141

    Ross Thomson (Daniel Island)74-67—141

    Sam Jackson (Pelion)70-72—142

    Preston Cole (Greer)70-72—142

    Luke Coates (Florence)69-73—142

    Joshua Chay (Greer)70-72—142

    Matt Laydon (Charleston)69-74—143

    Kurt Kieninger (Columbia)71-72—143

    Geno Berchiatti (Greenville)72-71—143

    Adam Goins (Gaffney)72-71—143

    Jon Weiss (Florence )72-71—143

    Austin Cody (N. Charleston)73-70—143

    Whit Massey (Mt. Pleasant)72-71—143

    Eddie Hargett (Blythewood)72-72—144

    Jeff Pope (North Augusta)69-75—144

    Rick Cloninger (Fort Mill)73-71—144

    Casey Smith (Abbeville)71-73—144

    Steve Liebler (Irmo)71-73—144

    Brad Ricker (Greer)71-73—144

    Richard Hubbard (Daniel Island)73-71—144

    Alex Handy (Aiken)72-72—144

    Andrew Novak (Mount Pleasant)73-71—144

    Parker Mills (Easley)71-73—144

    Chandler McDonald (Greenville)71-73—144

    Robert Godfrey (Anderson)75-69—144

    Charles Valluzzo (Mt. Pleasant)74-71—145

    Chandler Brazeal (Spartanburg)68-77—145

    Kyle Bearden (Barnwell)73-72—145

    John Schaffer (Sumter)72-73—145

    Blake Kennedy (Campobelleo)73-72—145

    Miles Curley (Rock Hill)70-75—145

    Bobby Few (Lugoff)71-74—145

    Jordan Byrd (Greenville)71-74—145

Stephen Behr sent his second shot on the 471-yard, par-4 18th hole to within six feet of the hole in Friday’s second round of the South Carolina Amateur and received deserved accolades.

“Best one I’ve seen there today,” Biff Lathrop, the South Carolina Golf Association’s director of competition and services, said.

Ben Fogler hit next in threesome of college performers and his shot stopped within three feet of the cup.

“Even better,” Lathrop said.

Caleb Sturgeon followed and — yes — he one-upped his playing partners with a beauty that came to rest a couple of feet from the hole.

Lathrop could only shake his head at the display that characterized the threesome’s shot-making all day. They played a personal game of Anything-You-Can-Do-I-Can-Do-Better, combining for a dazzling 16-under-par performance.

“I shot (4-under-par) 67 and I’m the high score in the group,” Sturgeon, who plays at USC, said afterward and laughed.

Fogler, who plays at Vanderbilt, took the middle spot in the trio with his second consecutive 5-under 66 that opened a four-stroke lead halfway through the 82nd State Amateur at the Members Club’s Woodcreek Course in Elgin.

Behr, who plays at Clemson, trumped them all with a tournament-best 7-under 64 that he said could have been better.

Fogler, playing on his home course, took an adventuresome route to his second 66. In contrast to his bogey-free round Thursday, he had four bogeys — and nine birdies — Friday en route to his 132 total. Clemson-bound Carson Young of Pendleton, who shared the first-round lead with Fogler and Jon Mathias, is second at 136 after Friday’s 70 with Kamito Hirai (Summerville/Winthrop), Bryce Howell (Blyethwood/Furman) and Jarrett Swan (Mt. Pleasant/Charleston Southern) another stroke back at 137.

Six players, including Mathias and Sturgeon, enter the third round at 138 and another seven, including Behr and defending champion Cody Proveaux, stand at 139. Twenty-three players are under par after 36 holes.

Behr, who climbed 74 places in the standings to a tie for 12th Friday, called his playing partners “pretty stiff competition. There were a lot of good shots out there today and a lot of positive vibes. We grew up playing golf together, we’re friends and we enjoy playing with each other.”

Fogler punctuated his round by sinking a 20-foot birdie putt on the 474-yard ninth, his final hole. The round, he said, represented a continuation of his good play much of the summer that includes a third-place finish in the Palmetto Invitational.

“I just feel very comfortable out here,” said Fogler, who had a feast-or-famine opening nine (the back nine) that featured five birdies and three bogeys. He settled down with a 32 on his finishing nine and noted, “We all birdied the same hole three or four times.”

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