2016 US Junior Amateur Championship Qualifier is underway at Grand Bear

2016 US Junior Amateur Championship Qualifier is underway at Grand Bear

SAUCIER, MS (WLOX) - 38 junior golfers from throughout the Deep South are competing for an opportunity to advance to the U.S. Boys Junior Amateur Championship beginning July 18 through the 23.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College golf coach Tommy Snell says it's the biggest golf tournament for junior golfers and the competition in this qualifier is outstanding.

"The top two from here will advance to Chattanooga, Tennessee, actually Ooltewah, Tennessee at The Honors Course.  It's the No. 1 Junior Tournament in the world, "stated Snell.

Matt Liddon of Yazoo City, Mississippi is in the hunt for one of the two qualifying spots.  The Ole Miss signee shot a 2-over 74.

He's five shots behind Cecil Wegener of Jackson and this young man, Brice Wilkinson.  Both in the clubhouse with an impressive 69.Wilkinson is from Madison, Mississippi.

Wilkinson said. "I mean it's a good day overall.  Had a few putts drop.  Had a few not drop, but not complaining. It would be great to win it, head to the Junior Amateur.  I mean that's a big deal."

Jackson Wedgeworth of Soso, Mississippi signed a golf scholarship with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
He's only two shots off the pace following a 1-under 71.

Kyle Estay of Lafayette, Louisiana fired an even par-72.  Raymond Poche and Jack Gnam hit the clubhouse at 1-over 73.  Hunter Atkins joins Liddon at 2-over.  Hamp Fairey, Thomas Ponder and Cameron Mobley checked-in at 75.

Parker Dailey, Nolan Lambert, and Addison Nix closed out day one with a 4-over 76.

The quest to be the best in this qualifier continues 8:30 tomorrow morning at at Grand Bear in Saucier.

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