Todd White and JD Lehman posted 1-over-par scores Monday to share 70th place and lead the South Carolina contingent in the first round of qualifying in the U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Jones Creek, Ga.
White, an instructor at Hilton Head High and a member of the 2013 U.S. Walker Cup team, and Lehman, a Bluffton resident who plays for the University of Louisville, both had two-birdie, 3-bogey rounds for 73s on the par-72 Riverside Course.
Will Murphy (Columbia/USC), Ben Fogler (Elgin/Vanderbilt) and Trevor Phillips (Inman/Boiling Springs High) finished the first day at 2-over-par 73 on the Highlands Course and are tied for 105th.
Another stroke back at plus-3 and sharing 105th place are Matt NeSmith (North Augusta/USC), Thomas Bradshaw (Columbia/Clemson) and Caleb Sturgeon (Laurens/USC). Sturgeon and Bradshaw played the Highlands Course, NeSmith the Riverside Course.
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Other state players, all of whom played the Highlands Course, include Preston Cole (Greer/Furman) at 6-over 77, Blake Kennedy (Campobello/Clemson) at 7-over 78, Andrew Dorn (Coastal Carolina) at 8-over 79 and Andrew Ward (York/USC Aiken) at 9-over 80.
The 312 players will play the opposite course in today’s second round. The low 64 after the 36 holes advance into match-play competition, which starts Wednesday.
Three players – Sam Horsfield (England), Jimmy Beck Columbus, Ga.) and Taylor Moore (Edmond, Okla.) – posted 6-under totals Monday to lead the scoring. Forty-three had sub-par scores and another 26 stood at even par.
Among the state players, Bradshaw had the wildest round en route to his 3-oveer 74. The recent Clemson graduate posted four birdies, five bogeys and one double bogey. Murphy had two birdies, two bogeys and a double; Fogler had two birdies and four bogeys.