The 108th Southern Amateur Championship began yesterday at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., with 168 participants. The Southern Amateur is a major championship in the region for amateur golfers of all ages and features some of the best amateur golfers across the nation. Entry into the championship requires male amateur golfers to carry a USGA Handicap Index of 3.4 or less and qualify at one of the 19 qualifying sites across the region. The medalist of the Southern Amateur has their name placed on the George W. Adair Trophy which is located at the Atlanta Athletic Club, in the Bob Jones Room.
Tennessee Wesleyan College has three representatives in the 2014 championship with current Bulldog, Keoni Vidrine, and former Bulldogs, Cody Godfrey and Josh Wheeler '14. Keoni, Cody and Josh were among the 168 individuals who were able to qualify for the Southern Amateur Championship. Although a majority of the field, including these three, qualify at one of the 19 sites, some entries into the field are on special exemptions based on past tournaments or other honors.
Vidrine qualified for the field at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn., with a round of 65(-5) on June 24. The 45 players at the Cherokee Country Club qualifying site were playing for six spots into the championship field. Godfrey and Wheeler were able to qualify for the championship on July 14th, at The Honors Course, by posting a round of 70(-2) and 75(+3), respectively. The host site qualifier featured 63 players battling for eight spots into this week's championship.
After the Wednesday and Thursday rounds of play, the field of 168 will be narrowed down to the low 66 scores and ties. After the first round on Wednesday, Keoni was tied for 69th posting a 76 while, Godfrey and Wheeler were tied for 100th with a score of 78th. Follow the link below for live scoring of Keoni and Josh's rounds, and see if they make the 36 hole cut.