Patrick Newcomb of Benton, Ky., a member of the Murray State golf team, finished as medalist at 6-under-par 138. Tied at 140 and also qualifying were Jack Larkin of Atlanta and University of South Carolina golfer Dean Hester of Dublin, Ga. Larkin is a former U.S. Junior Amateur Champion (1979) who was an alternate for the U.S. Senior Open last month. Robert Mize of Columbus, Ga., son of past Masters champion Larry Mize, qualified as well at 141.
Four players who finished at 2-under 142 underwent a playoff for the final qualifier and the two alternate positions. Newberry College golfer Ben Lown of North Augusta, S.C., claimed the last qualifying spot with a par on the first playoff hole. Incoming Clemson University freshman Cody Proveaux of Leesville, S.C., used a birdie on the second hole to earn the first alternate spot over Corey Carlson of Green Cove Springs, Fla.
The par-72 Brickyard at Riverside was set to 7,128 yards. A field of 104 saw 52 players advance at 4-over-par 76 or better after an opening-round cut where the low 30 percent of the field – 32 players – and those within eight strokes of the leader advanced. Qualifiers now advance to the 112th annual U.S. Amateur Championship, which will be held at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., August 13-19.
White, a former standout golfer at Spalding High who started as a freshman this past season at Georgia State, lost a sudden-death playoff to finish runner-up at the Griffin city Championship last year.
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