Julian Keur took the first step toward winning a second CGA title this summer.
The University of Alabama-Birmingham golfer from Summerville has the lead after the first round of the Carolinas Amateur.
Keur shot a 7-under par 65 to come within a shot of the course record at The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek on Johns Island.
The winner of the CGA South Carolina Match Play championship earlier this summer got off to a hot start with birdies on six of his first eight holes.
“I was on cruise control there for a little bit,” Keur said after the round. “I was able to get at most of the pins and made 5 to 6-foot birdie putts,” he said.
One of the highlights of Keur’s round was a 50 foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole.
“I thought I left it short, but these greens are in such good shape it just kept rolling and rolling and I was fortunate enough for it to go in,” said Keur.
John Eades of Charlotte is in second place one shot behind the leader. Eades won the CGA Mid-Am in April.
Future Wofford golfer Ryan Marter of Columbia, who was one half of the CGA Carolinas Four-Ball championship team this year, is in third place and two shots off the lead.
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