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Whitt's local knowledge puts him atop at the Alabama State Match Play Championship

First Round Leader Stewart Whitt of Athens

ATHENS, Ala. – First round results of the 19th Alabama State Match Play Championship of the Alabama Golf Association hosted by Canebrake Club in Athens, Ala. on Thursday, August 8, 2019 (7056 yards, par 36-36—72, 73.7/140).

The 19th Alabama State Match Play Championship began today with 44 players teeing off at Canebrake Club. Players enjoyed warm weather with little wind and fortunately missed stormy weather that blew through Athens late Wednesday night.

Canebrake Club’s own Stewart Whitt sits in first place following round one. His six-under par 66 was bogey-free and included birdies at holes one, four, six, 12, 14 and 18. He leads by one shot going into the second qualifying round. Whitt is the two-time defending Alabama State Mid-Amateur Champion (2017, 2018).

In solo second place is Scott Weaver, also a Canebrake member, who posted a five-under par 67. Weavers’ round included five birdies, four of which came on the back side, where he fired a 32. Weaver is a past Alabama Mid-Amateur Champion (2001-2003). Last years’ runner-up, Harlan Winn of Birmingham is tied with Dakota Terry of Trinity for third place at four-under par 68.

Defending champion Sam Murphy is not in the field as he will be teeing it up at the U.S. Amateur Championship beginning August 11 at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club. Murphy defeated Winn 6 and 5 at Burningtree Country Club in last year’s championship.

The second qualifying round will tee off tomorrow at 7:30a.m. at Canebrake Club.

Round One Notes

•          13 players are under par through 18 holes with a field average score of 73.9

•          66 (-6) was the low round of the day carded by Stewart Whitt

•          124 birdies and 1 eagles posted in the qualifying round

•          Easiest hole: No. 18, 537 yard par 5, 4.77 scoring average

•          Hardest Hole: No. 5, 451 yard par 4, 4.32 scoring average

Round 1 Results

Pos.

Player

City

Score

To Par

1

Stewart Whitt

Athens

66

-6

2

Scott Weaver

Madison

67

-5

T3

Dakota Terry

Trinity

68

-4

T3

Harlan Winn

Birmingham

68

-4

5

Robert Davidson

Trussville

69

-3

T6

Brendan Keller

Huntsville

70

-2

T6

Jason Tate

Owens Cross Roads

70

-2

T6

Reynolds Lambert

Birmingham

70

-2

T6

Ross Napier

Hartselle

70

-2

T10

Charles Wood

Spanish Fort

71

-1

T10

Ethan Hagood

Hoover

71

-1

T10

Jackson King

Hoover

71

-1

T10

Matt Gourgeot

Decatur

71

-1

T14

Adam Mullins

Elkmont

72

E

T14

Brant Bishop

Muscle Shoals

72

E

T14

Connor Reid

Opelika

72

E

T14

Jackson Singletary

Alabaster

72

E

T14

Johnny Komara

Huntsville

72

E

T14

Mac Murphy

Decatur

72

E

T14

Thomas Regan

Muscle Shoals

72

E

T14

Victor Kyatt

Bessemer

72

E

T14

Woodie Eubanks

Oneonta

72

E

T23

James Medley

Hoover

73

1

T23

Jones Brown

Birmingham

73

1

T23

Nicholas Welden

Vestavia

73

1

T23

Robson Copenhaver

Scottsboro

73

1

T27

Carter  Goodwin

Hoover

74

2

T27

David Baker

Harvest

74

2

T29

Connor Newton

Auburn

75

3

T29

Jordan Plunkett

Sterrett

75

3

T31

Brinson Holder

Point Clear

76

4

T31

Corey Ray

Boaz

76

4

T31

Drew Peak

Auburn

76

4

T31

Jim McClary

Athens

76

4

T35

Joshua Winn

Harvest

77

5

T35

Nick Sparks

Decatur

77

5

37

Randy Jones

Athens

78

6

38

J. Michael Riley

Mobile

80

8

T39

Andrew Cook

Madison

81

9

T39

Harrison Sims

Homewood

81

9

T41

Brett Baker

Hoover

82

10

T41

Chris Wood

Athens

82

10

43

Allen Yeilding

Birmingham

83

11

44

Logan Clark

Madison

88

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