MOUNT PLEASANT -- Brandon Hagy and Pete Kellerman are both content with their positions at the top of the leaderboard in the Rice Planters Amateur golf tournament, but you can bet both players spent the evening admonishing themselves for costly mistakes late Friday at Snee Farm Country Club.
Hagy, from California-Berkeley, has the 54-hole lead at 11-under-par 205 after a third-round 71. Kellerman, who just finished his freshman season at Mississippi, is at 206 after a 74 Friday. Logan Blondell is third at 68--207, while Carter Newman and Matt Laydon are tied for fourth at 208.
Kellerman, coming off a tournament-record round of 62 on Thursday, was playing solidly until coming to the par-5 16th, generally considered a hole on which golfers can make a move. But he pulled his tee shot out of bounds, hit another shot in the hazard and compounded things by three-putting after finally reaching the green. It added up to a quadruple-bogey 9, which combined with Hagy's two-putt birdie was a five-shot swing. Kellerman went from 14-under for the tournament to 10-under, while Hagy moved to 14-under with his birdie.
But on the very next hole, Hagy missed the green long, left his flop shot in the fringe, chipped poorly and two-putted for a double bogey. Kellerman managed to get up and down for a par.
And on the 18th, Hagy hit a poor tee shot, had to take a drop with penalty, hit his third shot into the back bunker but managed to salvage a bogey to Kellerman's par.
"That last putt was huge because it gave me a one-shot lead," Hagy said of the lengthy putt he made for his bogey. "I did a lot of good things out there."
Hagy said he had two sloppy swings that resulted in the double bogey-bogey finish.
Kellerman, meanwhile, said he was happy to be one back.
"I can be aggressive and don't have to worry about protecting a lead," he said. "I had one bad drive, one mistake that led to another. Besides that, I hit the ball pretty good."
The field was cut to the low 60 scores and ties, and it took 10-over-par 226 to advance to today's round. Tee times begin at 8:30 a.m. off both the front and back nine, with the leaders starting at 10 a.m. off No. 1.