Holman opens well at Southern Am

Nathan Holman has opened well at the Southern Amateur being played at Innisbrook Golf Resort Palm Harbour, Florida, with a 1-under-par, 70 to be in a tie for 15th position, three strokes behind a group of six players who are leading the tournament at 4-under-par including 2010 Western Amateur runner-up, Gregor Main.

The Southern Amateur is one of the most prestigious and long-running golf championships, currently ranked by the Scratch PLayers as the number 8th in the world.

The 168 strong field is littered with international and American talent with thirteen Australians and five New Zealanders in the 168 .The cut will be the low 66 and ties after 36 holes.

With Holman in a tie for 15th position is Daniel Nisbet. Todd Sinnott and Cameron Smith are a stroke behind after opening with an even par 71 to be currently in a tie for 21st position, along with New Zealand's Ben Campbell.

Tim Hart opened with a 1-over-par 72 to be in a tie for 36th position, a stroke better than Kalem Richardson, Matthew Stieger, Tarquin MacManus and Brett Drewitt, who all recorded a 2-over-par, 73, opening round to be currently in a tie for 49th position.

The remaining Australians will need to get their game going to make the cut with Rory Bourke and Maverick Antcliff opening with a 77 to be in a tie for 114th position, Daniel Bringolf with a 78 and Ryan McCarthy with an uncharacteristic 81.

The winner of the Southern Amateur earns a sponsor exemption to play in the PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational the following spring at Bay Hill Club in Orlando.

Previous champions include Bobby Jones (3 times), Freddie Haas, Gay Brewer, Billy Joe Patton, Hubert Green (twice), Vinny Giles (twice), Lanny Wadkins (twice), Ben Crenshaw (twice), Bob Tway, Mark Brooks, Steve Lowery, Justin Leonard (twice), emerging PGA Tour players Webb Simpson (twice), Kyle Stanley (twice) and in 2004 Australian Michael Sim was victorious in Tennessee.

Last year Jordan Sherratt finished the best of the Australians with a 9-under-par total and a tie for 7th position, seven strokes behind tournament winner, American Alex Carpenter who won the event with a 16-under-par total.

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