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Matching 65s Give Miller, McCormick 18-Hole Lead at Met Amateur

DEAL, N.J. (August 2, 2012) - Several players took advantage of ideal scoring conditions during the morning round of the 110th Met Amateur at Hollywood Golf Club. But no one went lower than defending champ Mike Miller of Knollwood and NJSGA Amateur winner Ryan McCormick of Suburban, both of whom shot matching 6-under 65s. McCormick and Miller, who are paired together, combined for 13 birdies, three bogeys and an eagle.

"Me and Ryan were both playing well, it was fun feeding off each other," Miller said. "The greens are so good and I'm putting well. It's was my first time seeing the course this morning, but I don't mind playing a course blind, I play smarter off the tee. We'll see what happens this afternoon."

Brian Komline of Black Oak is alone in third after an impressive 5-under 66, while Greg Etimos of Island Hills is in fourth after a 4-under 67.  "I was hitting it solid, the only bogey I had was a three putt from 20 feet," Komline said. "So I really could've had a card with no fives, which out here would be pretty amazing. I was hitting it close enough where I didn't have to stress over a lot of putts. And that's the key out here."

McCormick's teammates at St. John's University, Pat Wilson of Panther Valley and Dylan Crowley of Glen Cove, fired 3-under 68s and are tied in fourth with 15-year-old Cameron Young of Sleepy Hollow and Harrison Shih of Alpine Valley.

Max Buckely of Westchester, Ethan Wall of Manasquan, and Doug Kleeschuttle of Wiltwyck round out the players who shot under par after opening with 70s.

- A.J. Voelpel

Players are currently on the course for their second rounds and the top 16 players will advance to the match play portion of the championship on Friday.


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