Canadian leads at Pinehurst

Jul. 02, 2013 @ 09:16 PM

One of Canada's best young amateur golfers leads after the first round of the 113th Men's North and South Amateur Championship as Corey Conners, of Listowel, Ontario and Kent State University, shot a six-under 65 at Pinehurst No. 4 Tuesday.

Conners, a rising senior with the Golden Flashes, made seven birdies and one bogey, including three birdies in a four-hole span, Nos. 7-10.

Conners will represent Canada in the World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey in October.

He leads three golfers who shot 66 in the opening round of three stroke-play rounds. The top 16 golfers after Thursday's play will advance to the match play bracket, to be played Friday-Saturday at Pinehurst No. 2.

Grayson Murray, a Leesville Road grad who was one of 10 amateurs to play in the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club last month, shot 66.

Murray is a rising sophomore at East Carolina. He got hot late in his round Tuesday to card five-under. After a bogey on the second hole, his 11th of the day, Murray birdied Nos. 3, 7, 8 and 9 to move near the top of the leaderboard.

Thomas Birdsey, a Texas native and a rising senior at Wake Forest, played a bogey-free round and took advantage of the par fives to shoot 66. Birdsey was four-under on the three long holes, including an eagle three on No. 17.

Andrew Bailey, an Ohioan and rising senior at Cleveland St., made six birdies and a bogey to be five-under par. Bailey is the two-time running Horizon League Player of the Year.

Raleigh's Richard Fountain shot four-under 67. Carter Page of Waynesville and Kendrick Vinar of Hillsborough shot 69s. Michael McGowan, of Southern Pines, is one of 17 players grouped at one-under 70.

Pinehurst No. 4 hosts the second round today with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m.