In Chattanooga, Tenn., University of New Mexico rising senior Victor Perez fired a 2-under 70 on Thursday to move into a three-way tie for eighth place at the 108th Southern Amateur Championship.
Perez is at 2-under 142 and trails co-leaders Beau Hossler and Grayson Murray by four strokes heading into the final round on Friday. He finished with five birdies and three bogeys on Thursday.
Perez, a native of Semeac, France, will tee off at 7:10 a.m. on Friday with Geoff Drakeford of Australia and Joshua Munn of New Zealand.
Meanwhile, in Newton, Kan., Lobo rising senior Gavin Green played his best golf Thursday morning against teammate Sam Saunders in the round out 32 at the US Amateur Public Links Championship.
That didn’t bode well for Green’s round of 16 match Thursday. Green lost to Honolulu’s John Oda 2 and 1, falling short of reaching the quarterfinals of the prestigious event.
The two were tied through the first nine holes, but Oda took advantage in the early holes on the back nine to take a three-hole lead that ultimately held up.
It was a battle of teammates in the morning session between Green and Saunders. Green took an early one-hole lead and was able to extend it on the back nine to advance.
Saunders next will play in the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship in Flagstaff, Ariz., from Tuesday-next Friday.