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With 61, Carr turns the Southeastern Amateur into a one-man show
Ben Carr (Georgia Southern photo)
Ben Carr (Georgia Southern photo)

When the third round of the 90th Southeastern Amateur started, Benjamin Carr was in the lead, with Rusty Mosley second and Jordan Doull in third.

As the three players walked off the 18th green after their third round at the Country Club of Columbus, Carr was in the lead, with Mosley still second and Doull still third.

So nothing much happened in round three, right? Well...

Scores are getting lower and lower at all levels of the game, and the first two weeks of the summer amateur season has provided two eye-popping examples. The first was the almost-impossible-to-comprehend 15-under 57 that Alex Ross shot last week at The Dogwood Invitational in Atlanta, and the second happened today just over 100 miles south in Columbus courtesy of Carr.

A hole-out from the 2nd fairway started the fireworks for the rising sophomore at Georgia Southern, and after a birdie at the par-5 4th, his lead had grown from one shot to five. He cruised to the turn with a string of pars, and then hit the accelerator.

Mosley, a 37-year-old former Florida State player who took 14 years away from competitive golf before returning with a semifinal run at the U.S. Mid-Amateur last year, birdied six, seven and eight to pull within three shots, but that's as close as he would get as Carr started making birdies.

Carr took advantage of the short 10th and 11th with back-to-back birdies, and then after a par went back-to-back again. By now Carr was six clear, and birdies at the short par-3 16th and the final hole pushed the lead to a whopping eight heading into the final round.

In all, Carr had seven birdies and an eagle for a 9-under 61, taking only 28 shots on the back nine (where the par is 34). In so doing, Carr shot the lowest score in the 110-year history of the CC of Columbus. His 54-hole total is a massive 17 under par, 193.

Mosley finished with a 68 to get to nine under and in second spot, with the Australian Doull shooting 69 finish seven under, tied with Will Chandler of Atlanta and Caleb Proveaux of Lexington, S.C.

Chandler had a 65 and Proveaux a 68 in round three.

The cut fell to the low 60 players and ties at 8 over par, 218.

Carr will take his eight shot lead, as well as his home course advantage as a member of the host club, into the final round on Saturday.

Results: Southeastern Amateur
1GABen CarrColumbus, GA50065-67-61-68=261
2AustraliaJordan DoullAustralia40064-70-69-68=271
T3TNRyan HallKnoxville, TN30065-71-69-67=272
T3GAWill ChandlerAtlanta, GA30068-70-65-69=272
T5ALGarrett JohnsonKimberly, AL30068-69-70-66=273

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ABOUT THE Southeastern Amateur

National invitational traditionally played during U.S. Open week, Wednesday through Saturday. Field is limited to 90 players. The format is 72 holes of stroke play. The field will be cut to the low 60 and ties after 54 holes.

$295 entry fee includes practice round, at least three tournament rounds, and breakfast/lunch each day.

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