Garcia shares U.S. Am qualifier lead

Jorge Garcia fired a second consecutive 68 to take a three-shot lead at the Thunderbird on Sunday.

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1Sam Burns2015LA68.22
2Austin Connelly2015TX68.37
3Jorge Garcia2015FL68.39
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5Davis Riley2015MS68.6

University of Florida commit Jorge Garcia shares the lead with three other players after the first round of the U.S. Amateur sectional qualifier at Orange County National in Winter Garden, Fla.

Garcia, who hails from Venezuela and resides in South Florida where he attends Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage, shot 4-under 68. He enters Tuesday's final round tied for the top spot with Michele Cea of Italy, Landon Michelson of Miami and Paul Simpkins of Oviedo, Fla.

Garcia advanced to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Junior Amateur last week in Truckee, Calif., before losing 3 and 2 to Nick Heinen. He beat 2012 U.S. Open qualifier Andy Zhang in the Round of 64.

Sam Horsfield of Davenport, Fla., who made it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Junior, shot a first-round 75. Florida State's Hank Lebioda is two shots back after an opening-round 70.

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