A couple of golfers from Anderson with Anderson University ties are setting the pace at the SCGA Amateur championship being played at The Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach.
A current and former Trojan are first and tied for second after 36 holes.
Anderson University rising junior Calahan Keever has the lead going into the third round.
The Trojan golfer from Greenville is a shot ahead of Jake Miller, a 2020 Anderson University graduate, who last spring led the Cobb’s Glen Country Club team to the SCGA Trescott championship.
Keever completed his second round without a bogey on his scorecard and Miller only had a bogey on his 18th hole or the two Trojans would be sharing the lead.
Keever’s five birdies came while the 2019 Orange Jacket Junior champion had trouble finding the green at the start of his round.
“I came out and missed my first five greens,” said Keever. “I had to get up and down and ended up converting on all of those,” he said.
Keever, playing the back nine first, made his first birdie on his sixth hole and added one more to make the turn at 2-under par.
He birdied the first hole on the front nine and saved a shot on the third and eight holes to finish with a 66 and the lead.
“I told myself to stay patient, gave myself some opportunities, started making some putts and ended up going bogey free, so that’s pretty exciting, ” said the former Greenville County High School champion.
Miller strung together three straight birdies on holes 14, 15 and 16, but a bogey on 18 left him 1-shot off the lead set by Keever.
Future Gamecock golfer Zach Adams from Charleston shot a 3-under par 69 to go with his first round 1-under 71 to tie Miller.
College of Charleston’s Zach Reuland, from Rock Hill , had the best round of the day shooting an 8-under par 64 to improve by 12 shots on his first round 76.
Rueland, the 2021 Colonial Athletic Association golfer of the year and the 2019 South Carolina High School AAAAA champion, is now tied with USC’s Gene Zeigler and Zac Herald from Lexington for fourth.
First round leader, Clemson rising sophomore Austin Scott struggled to match his outstanding opening round.
His second round score was 9 shots greater than his opening round 6-under par 66.
Scott’s 3-over par 75 dropped him into a 7th place tie with Francis Marion senior Carlos Garre from Myrtle Beach.
The field was cut to the low 67 golfers for the final two rounds. The cut was made at 8 over par 152.
Keever, Miller and Adams will be the last group off the tee starting the third round on number 1 at 10 am.
“I’m hoping just to stick to my game plan which is to stay patient and keep making putts,” said Keever.
Scores and tee times from the SCGA Amateur at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club.https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/3369649