Beck in position for U.S. Amateur
by Adam Carrington
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Kennesaw State’s Jimmy Beck shot 68 on Monday and is in good position to earn a spot in the U.S. Amateur with another good round today.
Kennesaw State’s Jimmy Beck shot 68 on Monday and is in good position to earn a spot in the U.S. Amateur with another good round today.
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Kennesaw State golfer Jimmy Beck shot a 4-under-par 68 in the first round Monday of the U.S. Amateur qualifier at Reynolds Plantation-Great Waters and is tied for third going into today’s final round.

There are qualifying spots for the U.S. Amateur Championship, which takes place at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek on Aug. 11-17, for the top five finishers, plus two alternates.

Michael Garretson, a former Harrison High School and current South Alabama standout, carded a 69 but may need a lower score today to claim one of those spots.

Beck, a rising senior at Kennesaw State, who won the Georgia Amateur last summer, made it through all 18 holes without a bogey.

“I hit it really well (today) and that gave me plenty of opportunities to make birdie,” Beck said. “It is going to be a little bit tougher (today), but a few of the pins I have seen before and I know where to keep it away from.”

Garretson began his round with a bogey on No. 10 but he didn’t make another until the eighth hole. In between, he made four birdies. On his ninth hole he knocked a pitching wedge to a foot to close his round with his final birdie of the day. He starts today in a tie for 12th.

“I feel good,” Garretson said. “I didn’t drive as well out there, but if you can get it into the fairway, you’ll have a lot of wedge opportunities. I’m going to have to shoot a pretty low number.”

J.J. Grey came from England to compete and is atop the leaderboard with a 66 after carding seven birdies to just one bogey. Christopher Guglielmo of Cumming, Blake Kennedy of Clemson and former Georgia Tech golfer Bo Andrews are in a three-way tie with a 67. Beck is in a tie for fifth with seven other golfers.

Beck’s Kennesaw State teammate Austin Vick, also a rising senior, fired a 70. He came away with two birdies and an eagle, but a double bogey on 18 kept him from being in better position.

Kennesaw resident Daniel Kim shot 71. Matthew Hayes of Marietta shot a 73. Former Walton golfer Michael Sheahan fired a 74 as did Adam Wright of Marietta. Rusty Womack of Acworth shot 76 to make the cut on the number at 4-over par.

Former Whitefield Academy golfer Ty Hampel shot 77 and Walton golfer John Yi shot 81.

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