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.