Originally created 07/20/02

Aiken golfer one shot off the lead at Palmetto Amateur



AIKEN - Three-time champion Michael Carlisle, of Aiken, is one shot off the lead after the first round of the Palmetto Amateur.

Carlisle, who won this tournament in 1993, 1997, and 1998, opened with a 1-under-par 70 on Friday.

He trails four co-leaders - Michael Shamp, of Charlotte, N.C.,; Marcus Both, of Australia; Tom Kennaday, of Columbia, S.C., and Bruce McDonald, of Zimbabwe.

Carlisle, the golf coach at USC Aiken, shot 1-under-par 34 on the front nine at Palmetto Golf Club and even par 36 on the back nine.

He was joined at 70 by Aiken's Alex Hamilton and Mike Gravley, of Simpsonville, S.C.

Four golfers shot 71 and five had 72, including North Augusta's Rusty Flanders.

Aiken's Dane Burkhart, the winner of Thursday's South Carolina Junior Match Play Championship, shot 73, as did five other golfers, including Aiken's Tray Williamson and North Augusta's Kyle Bradley.

In the senior division, Bob Stringer, of Blythewood, S.C., shot a 73 and leads by four shots over Joe Cunningham, of Aiken.

The tournament continues today and concludes Sunday.

SOUTHERN AMATEUR: Augusta's Cortland Lowe moved into a tie for third place in the Southern Amateur Championship at Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club on Friday, but didn't pick up any ground on the leader.

Lowe, a Wake Forest golfer, started the day tied for seventh place, six shots off the lead. After firing even-par 70, Lowe is still six off the lead held by Lee Williams, of Alexander City, Ala. Williams has fired rounds of 66-70-69 and is at 5-under 205 for the tournament.

Lowe is a 211 after opening with rounds of 72-69.

Aiken's Matthew Hendrix is at 212 after a 71 on Friday. He opened with rounds of 71-70.

Jason McKenzie, of Augusta, is at 218 after rounds of 74-68-76.

The tournament concludes today.

U.S. PUBLIC LINKS: Wren Fowler, of Thomson, Ga., was eliminated in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship on Friday in Washington Township, Mich.

The Georgia Tech golfer lost to Lee Williamson, of Crawfordsville, Ind., 5 and 3 in the rain-delayed quarterfinals.

Williamson went on to beat Brady Stockton, of San Ramon, Calif., 5 and 4 in the semifinals at The Orchards to advance to today's finals.

Williamson will take on Ryan Moore, of Puyallup, Wash., in the 36-hole final. Moore, a sophomore at UNLV, edged Casey Lubahn, of East Lansing, Mich., 2-up in the quarterfinals and beat Chris Stroud, of Groves, Texas, 3 and 2 in the semifinals.

Today's winner will receive a spot in the 2003 Masters Tournament. Both finalists earned berths in next month's U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills.

The tournament is open to amateurs who do not have playing privileges on a private course.