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Southern Am first-round leader WDs on 17th hole

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Grayson Murray of Raleigh, N.C., led the first round of the Southern Amateur with a 6-under-par 66.  The Arizona State golfer, who began his college career at  Wake Forest, came back to earth in the second round, but his even-par 72 was good enough to give him a share of the 36-hole lead with Beau Hossler of the University of Texas.

Hossler, best remembered for briefly holding the lead in the 2012 U.S. Open as a 17-year-old, leads by two going into the final round at Ooltewah, Tenn. He shot a 70 on Friday and leads Trevor Cone of Virginia Tech and Concord, N.C.

Murray? He’s out of the tournament. He withdrew on the 17th hole, according to published reports.

According to the article about the third round on timesfreepress.com, after making three straight bogeys, Murray pushed his tee shot on the par-5 17th into tall grass. Several spectators helped him search for the ball, but before his allotted five minutes were up, he announced that he was done. Telling Hossler, "Good luck," he walked off the course.

"He's done stuff like that before," the article quoted Cone, a fellow North Carolina resident. "At this point, at his age, you'd think he'd be a little smarter than that. That's not the right thing to do."

There were reports on Twitter that Murray had flung his driver away after the tee shot on 17. His scorecard showed him at 5 over par for the round, with four birdies and nine bogeys on The Honors Course.

On his Twitter account, Murray wrote: “When you reach a low point in your life you find out quickly who truly cares about you. Keep that circle very tight and don't let go...” Later he tweeted “Words can’t describe how ready I am to get back to Arizona.”