Cromie, Burns set early pace at Sunnehanna

Recent Georgia graduate Michael Cromie shares the first round lead at the 2014 Sunnehanna Amateur.

Scores: First round

Sam Burns and Michael Cromie shot 5-under 65s, with each making birdie on the par-4 18th hole at Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, Pa., to share the first-round lead Wednesday in the Sunnehanna Amateur.

Burns, a high-school senior from Shreveport, La., who has committed to LSU, offset one bogey with four birdies and an eagle, at the par-5 11th. Cromie, a recent Georgia graduate from Cary, N.C., bogeyed his first hole before going 6 under the rest of the way.

Defending champion Steven Ihm, a recent Iowa graduate from Peosta, Iowa, held the lead at 6 under through 13 holes before stumbling with bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17. He shot 66 and is tied for third with Nicholas Reach, a rising senior at Georgia who is from Moscow, Pa.

Nathan Smith, a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion from nearby Pittsburgh, is tied for ninth at 68. Smith won the 2011 Sunnehanna.

Scottie Scheffler, the reigning U.S. Junior champion from Dallas who will be a freshman this fall at Texas, is tied for 15th at 69. Mike McCoy, the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, shot 71. Only 24 of the 89 players broke par on the A.W. Tillinghast-designed course.

The second round of the 72-hole stroke-play event begins Thursday morning.

The Sunnehanna dates to 1954. Winners include future major champions Tommy Aaron (1959), Ben Crenshaw (1973), Lucas Glover (2001) and Webb Simpson (2006). Perhaps more impressive is the list of participants who didn't win, notably Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

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