Charleston Southern golfer Art Griffin fired a 4-under-par 66 Monday to earn third place in the first round of stroke-play competition in the U.S. Amateur in Los Angeles.
Griffin had an eagle, six birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey at Bel Air Country Club, one of the two courses used for stroke-play qualifying, and led the South Carolina contingent in the championship.
Doc Redman, a sophomore at Clemson, followed with a 1-over 71 at Riviera and is tied for 48th.
William Rainey (College of Charleston) and Jacques Wilson (Charleston Southern) posted 4-over 74s, Rainey at Bel Air and Wilson at Riviera. Columbia’s Ryan Marter, who will be a freshman at Wofford this year, and Trace Crowe (Easley/Auburn) had 5-over 75s at Bel Air.
At Riviera, Todd White (Spartanburg) played his final seven holes 6 over par and finished with an 8-over 78. USC golfer Scott Stevens also had a 78 that included to a quadrupled bogey.
Players switch courses for today’s second round. The low 64 scorers after 36 holes of stroke place will advance into the match-play portion of the tourney that begins Wednesday.