Sam Burns Classic at The Landings Club
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Sam Burns Classic at The Landings Club

Local favorite Reed Lotter holds one-stroke lead

Julie Shin takes top spot in Girls Division
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The hometown kid, Reed Lotter of Savannah, Georgia, sits at the top of the Boys Division leaderboard at 4-under-par 68. After a consistent front nine, Lotter finished the back nine with three birdies to regain the lead heading into the second round. The No. 141 player in the Rolex AJGA Rankings will be seeking his first career AJGA victory.

After one round of play, there is a five-way tie for second place in the Boys Division at 3-under-par 69.

Jiaming Liu (-3) of Bradenton, Florida, had a roller coaster round that included six birdies, including three on the last five holes, to put him one stroke back from Lotter. In his first career AJGA event, the 2023 graduate has a shot to take the lead in the second round.

Jack Usner (-3) of The Woodlands, Texas, set himself up to potentially take the lead in the second round after five birdies on the round and a clean back nine with zero bogies. The 2020 Rolex Junior All-American is seeking his second career AJGA victory and first of the 2021 season.

Colton Swartz (-3) of Fleming Island, Florida, had a consistent first round with six birdies, three on the front and three on the back. With two top-5 finishes already in 2021, Swartz has an opportunity to earn his first career AJGA victory.

Wade Watson (-3) of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, currently sits one stroke behind the leader. After a shaky start including a bogey and double-bogey on the first three holes, Watson turned it around with six birdies and zero bogeys the rest of the round. The 2023 graduate is seeking his first career AJGA victory.

Kyle Haas (-3) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is T2 after he birdied on four of his six holes on the back nine. After a top-ten finish at The Lanto Junior Championship, Haas is seeking his first career AJGA victory this week at The Landings Club.

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Julie Shin of Brambleton, Virginia, has the sole lead of the Girls Division after finishing 2-under-par 70. Shin finished the day with five birdies including three on the back nine. With eight career top-five finishes, the No. 81 player in the Rolex AJGA Rankings is seeking her first career AJGA victory.

Kate Song of Alpharetta, Georgia, is T2 one stroke behind Shin at one-under-par 71. After a consistent day including zero bogeys and one birdie on the front nine, the Mercer University signee is looking to take the lead heading into the second round.

Camila Burnett of Bluffton, South Carolina, is T2 with Song at one-under-par 71. Burnett started off hot with four birdies on the front nine, including three in a row on holes Nos. 7-9.

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