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Keur Cruises to Carolinas Am First Round Lead

Julian Keur of Summerville, SC holds a one-shot lead after an opening round 65

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (July 13, 2017) -- First round results of the 103rd Carolinas Amateur Championship conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) at The Golf Club at Briar's Creek in Johns Island, S.C. on Thursday, July 13th. (7,130 yards, par 36-36--72, Course/Slope Rating: 74.5/143).

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Thursday was a good day to be a reigning CGA champion. The top three spots following the first round of play at the 103rd Carolinas Amateur are held by 2017 CGA championship winners. The lowest round was posted by 21-year-old Julian Keur of Summerville, S.C. Keur posted a sensational seven-under 65, just one-shot shy of The Golf Club at Briar's Creek's course record set by PGA TOUR player Russell Henley.

Starting on No. 10, Keur - who captured his first CGA title last month at the South Carolina Amateur Match Play - opened his round with six birdies in an eight-hole stretch on Briar's Creek's back nine.  

"I was on cruise control there for a little bit," Keur said with a smile after the round. "I was able to get at most of the pins and made 5 to 6-foot birdie putts." On the 205-yard par-3 17th, Keur rolled in a 50-foot birdie putt. "I thought it left it short," said Keur, a rising senior at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. "But these greens are in such good shape it just kept rolling and rolling and I was fortunate enough for it to go in."

With back-to-back birdies on the first two holes of his inward nine, Keur reached 8-under-par and talk began of a new course record. However, a wayward drive on the par-5 5th led to his only bogey. Four finishing pars capped Keur's 65, good for a one-stroke lead. "It's always good to start off low, but I know I've still got three rounds to go, there's a lot of golf to be played."

One of the players who try to chase down Keur is John Eades of Charlotte, N.C. Eades also won his first CGA championship in 2017, claiming the Carolinas Mid-Amateur in April. Playing in Thursday's morning wave, Eades set the bar with a six-under 66. Three consecutive birdies on holes 3, 4, and 5 kick-started his round. "It's a long tournament, you try to find stretches where you can make a few birdies in a row to propel you through the round." The 34-year-old Eades added four more birdies with just one bogey to finish the first round alone in second place.

Although he was unable to get in a practice round yesterday, Eades had an ease about him playing an unfamiliar course. "When you don't get to practice and play that much as a mid-am, it's about the enjoyment of being outside, spend time with your dad [his caddy], it's just a blast."

18-year-old Ryan Marter of Columbia is in third following a five-under 67. Marter won his first CGA championship in May this year at the Carolinas Four-Ball. Four players are tied for fourth at four-under 68. Thirty-one players posted scores below par on Thursday.

The championship is conducted at 72 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes, there will be a cut to the low 60 scores and ties. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 13th birthday by the first day of the championship, is a legal resident of North Carolina or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the CGA and has an active GHIN USGA Handicap Index at a CGA member club that does not exceed 7.4.

Scoring will be provided by the CGA throughout the championship, offering hole-by-hole updates. Live updates will also be available on the CGA’s official Twitter, @cgagolf1909. Continue to visit the CGA website throughout this championship and all year long for complete championship coverage including scores, interviews, photos, and recaps.

103rd Carolinas Amateur Championship
The Golf Club at Briar's Creek | Johns Island, S.C.

First Round Results

Rank Player City, State Score  
1 Julian Keur Summerville, SC 65 -7
2 John Eades Charlotte, NC 66 -6
3 Ryan Marter Columbia, SC 67 -5
T4 Thomas Lilly Newton, NC 68 -4
T4 Zack Swanson Waxhaw, NC 68 -4
T4 Eric Edwards Salisbury, NC 68 -4
T4 John O'Brien Columbia, SC 68 -4
T8 Nolan Mills, IV Charlotte, NC 69 -3
T8 Carson Ownbey Candler, NC 69 -3
T10 Blake McShea Zebulon, NC 70 -2
T10 Joseph Cansler Clemmons, NC 70 -2
T10 Austin Zoller Summerville, SC 70 -2
T10 Dylan Lukes Chapel Hill, NC 70 -2
T10 Jacob Rutter Winston-Salem, NC 70 -2
T10 Matthew Hopper Greenville, SC 70 -2
T10 Zach McKelvey Rutherfordton, NC 70 -2
T10 Joe Kastelic Hickory, NC 70 -2
T18 Blake Fiest Huntersville, NC 71 -1
T18 Chris Kim Cary, NC 71 -1
T18 Jake McGlone Charlotte, NC 71 -1
T18 Bradley Kauffman Greer, SC 71 -1
T18 James Lightsey Fort Mill, SC 71 -1
T18 Jackson Spires Fayetteville, NC 71 -1
T18 Eric Bae Pinehurst, NC 71 -1
T18 Caleb Proveaux Lexington, SC 71 -1
T18 Josh Branyon Honea Path, SC 71 -1
T18 Michael Sanders Davidson, NC 71 -1
T18 Jonathan Henry Mooresville, NC 71 -1
T18 Zachary Bishop Travelers Rest, SC 71 -1
T18 Will Straub Huntersville, NC 71 -1
T18 Tripp French Columbia, SC 71 -1
T32 Elliott Grayson Shelby, NC 72 E
T32 Christian Sease Mt. Pleasant, SC 72 E
T32 Parker Dudley John's island, SC 72 E
T32 Bryce Howell Blythewood, SC 72 E
T32 Andrew Orischak Hilton Head Island, SC 72 E
T32 Chris Jones Charlotte, NC 72 E
T32 Doug Ramey Greer, SC 72 E
T32 Scott Patnode Belmont, NC 72 E
T32 Weston Sanders Greenwood , SC 72 E
T32 Brett Waters Taylorsville, NC 72 E
T32 Justin Emmons Asheboro, NC 72 E
T43 Connor Bruns Duncan, SC 73 1
T43 Christopher Blum Raleigh, NC 73 1
T43 Jay Roberts Davidson, NC 73 1
T43 Preston Ball Raleigh, NC 73 1
T43 Seth Robertson Inman, SC 73 1
T43 William Carter Laurinburg, NC 73 1
T43 Austin Inman Wilmington, NC 73 1
T50 Riley Boyette Charleston, SC 74 2
T50 Jordan Warnock Roebuck, SC 74 2
T50 Matthew Sharpstene Asheville, NC 74 2
T50 Brandon Mader Greenville, NC 74 2
T50 Reilly Erhardt Greensboro, NC 74 2
T50 Carter Bingham Greer, SC 74 2
T50 Chandler Metz Wilkesboro, NC 74 2
T50 Carter Cook Cornelius, NC 74 2
T50 Chandler Mulkey Charleston, SC 74 2
T50 Shane Rogan Columbia, SC 74 2
T50 Grant Smith Charlotte, NC 74 2
T50 T.A. Fulmer Charleston , SC 74 2
T50 Logan McNeely Conover, NC 74 2
T63 Lee Mitchell Conover, NC 75 3
T63 Bobby Few Lugoff, SC 75 3
T63 Levi Grogan Canton, NC 75 3
T63 Aaron Thomas Belmont, NC 75 3
T63 Hunter Watkins Lexington, SC 75 3
T63 Aaron Walker Charlotte, NC 75 3
T63 Tysinger Palmer Kernersville, NC 75 3
T63 Chase Wilson Matthews, NC 75 3
T63 Eric Williams Goldsboro, NC 75 3
T72 Raymond Wooten Clemson, SC 76 4
T72 Logan Harrell Huntersville, NC 76 4
T72 Chris Cassetta Kernersville , NC 76 4
T72 Dustin Moore Greensboro, NC 76 4
T72 Robert Lutomski Simpsonville, SC 76 4
T72 Charlie Ipock Darlington, SC 76 4
T72 Matt Carter Easley, SC 76 4
T72 Charles Dallery Sumter, SC 76 4
T72 Jackson Neff Greensboro, NC 76 4
T72 Wick Andrews Columbia, SC 76 4
T72 Jake Carter Aiken, SC 76 4
T72 Zach Schwab Columbia, SC 76 4
T72 Kell Graham Charlotte, NC 76 4
T72 Harry Reynolds Greenville, SC 76 4
T72 Jamie Wilson Mount Pleasant, SC 76 4
T72 Rhett Merritt Easley, SC 76 4
T88 Mark Absher Winston Salem, NC 77 5
T88 Thomas Ellenburg N. Charleston, SC 77 5
T88 Hardin Councill High Point, NC 77 5
T88 Jake Corn Rock hill, SC 77 5
T88 Richard Cox Greenville, SC 77 5
T88 Connor Armistead Charlotte, NC 77 5
T94 Johnson Holliday Aynor, SC 78 6
T94 Thomas Todd, III Laurens, SC 78 6
T94 Patrick Schweitz Clayton, NC 78 6
T94 Joe Jaspers Huntersville, NC 78 6
T94 Michael McKee Ware Shoals, SC 78 6
T94 Madison Duffie Gastonia, NC 78 6
T94 Luke Grogan Canton, NC 78 6
T94 Peter Hinnant Winston-Salem, NC 78 6
T94 Jared Chinn Fayetteville, NC 78 6
T103 Matthew Laydon Charleston, SC 79 7
T103 Thomas Eubanks Charlotte , NC 79 7
T103 Thomas Messenheimer Morganton, NC 79 7
T103 Brad Clark Chapel Hill, NC 79 7
T103 Peyton Shore Saluda, SC 79 7
T103 Michael Sutton Goldsboro, NC 79 7
T103 Jordan Smith Summerfield, NC 79 7
T103 Gary Odom Greenwood, SC 79 7
T103 Tripp Summerlin Summerfield, NC 79 7
T112 Richard Oref Charleston, SC 80 8
T112 Jay Jay Howard Concord, NC 80 8
T112 Justin Howell Greer, SC 80 8
T112 Nathan Young Raleigh , NC 80 8
T112 Ashley Fuquay Greensboro, NC 80 8
T112 Zach Bostic Gaffney, SC 80 8
T118 Bradley Calloway Asheboro, NC 81 9
T118 Sumner Tate Raleigh, NC 81 9
T118 Brady Eckard Conover, NC 81 9
T118 Daniel Jackson Matthews, NC 81 9
T122 Trey Burton Hickory, NC 82 10
T122 Tim Bunten Concord, NC 82 10
T122 Hunter Oxendine Fayetteville, NC 82 10
125 Jack Parrott Columbia, SC 84 12
126 Douglas Perkins Gastonia, NC 85 13
T127 Tanner Gross Archdale, NC 86 14
T127 Kurt Waldthausen Simpsonville, SC 86 14
T127 Landon Taylor Mount Holly, NC 86 14
130 Thomas Hunter Florence, SC 88 16
WD Addison Cashwell Concord, NC WD -


Championship Schedule

Thursday, June 13
Round 1 – 18 holes stroke play
(Tee times at 8:00am/12:45pm off #1 and #10 tees)

Friday, July 14
Round 2 – 18 holes stroke play
(Tee times at 8:00am/12:45pm off #1 and #10 tees)
Cut to low 60 scores and ties. Field re-paired according to score.

Saturday, July 15
Round 3. Tee times begin at 7:30am off #1 and #10 tees.
Field re-paired according to score.

Saturday, July 16
Final Round. Tee times begin at 7:30am off #1 and #10 tees.
Awards ceremony immediately following play.


About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)

The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.

The CGA annually conducts 48 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 150 One-Day (net and gross) events as well as qualifying for USGA national championships. The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation (CGF). The CGF has distributed nearly $2,000,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.    

For more information about the CGA, visit our website.



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