Beau Hossler Leads Southern Amateur

Final Round is Saturday at The Honors

Friday, July 18, 2014

University of Texas sophomore Beau Hossler's 2-under par 70 in Friday's third round has him in the lead at 8-under 208 at the 108th annual Southern Amateur Golf Championship at The Honors in Ooltewah.

Two shots back is Virginia Tech All-ACC performer Trevor Cone from Concord, N.C. South Carolina's Will Starke nailed a 7-iron approach to within two inches of the final hole for a rain-soaked birdie that left him three back at 211.

Tied for the lead at the time and facing a 100-yard shot into the lake-guarded, par-4 ninth hole at the Honors Course on Friday, University of Texas star sophomore Beau Hossler said he was just trying to take the spin off his wedge approach to keep it from backing into the water. Instead, it took one hop and backed into the cup for an eagle two that separated him from the packed leaderboard in the 108th Southern Amateur.

Hossler, from Mission Viejo, Calif., said it was a tough day, with constant rain adding to the challenges of The Honors Course.

"It's nice to be leading, but I can't go out tomorrow and play an average round to win. This course is tough enough without the pressure and the strong field."

Local Player: Chattanooga's Keith Mitchell shot a 1-over 73 Friday and is 14 shots off the lead at +6, 222.

Defending Champion: Oklahoma State sophomore Zach Olsen (Cordova, Tenn.) is at 8+, 224(76-75-73) ... He played prep golf at Memphis University School.

Second Round Leader Withdraws: The pressure was too much, apparently, for 36-hole co-leader Greyson Murray of Raleigh, N.C. Frustrated by several missed short putts, Murray suffered a lost ball drive into the woods on the 17th hole and promptly withdrew despite being 1-under par for the tournament with a full round left to play on Saturday.

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108th Southern Amateur, 3rd Round Leaders

The Honors Course, Ooltewah, Tenn.; Par 72,  7,155 yards.

Beau  Hossler, Mission Viejo Calif.…..70-68-70--208

Trevor Cone, Raleigh N.C. .................68-72-70--210

Will Starke, Chapin S.C. …………….70-69-72--211

Geoff Drakeford, Australia…………68-74-70--212

M.J. Masguire, St. Pete Fla................69-72-72--213

Victor Perez, Albuquerque, NM.......72-70-71--213

Jorge Garcia, Miami Fla....................74-71-69--214

A.J. Crouch, Jacksonville Fla............74-69-72--215

Alex Cusumano, St. Louis Mo. ……..72-68-75--215



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