Hinton's hot week continues in State Am opener

Clay Hinton
Clay Hinton

It's been a great week for Clay Hinton so far.

On Monday, the Transylvania golfer was named a Ping NCAA Division III All-American for the second year in a row. The Transy junior finished third in the NCAA championships last month.

On Tuesday, Hinton fired a 6-under-par 66 to take the first-round lead in the 102nd Kentucky State Amateur championship at Bowling Green Country Club.

Hinton, who is from Elizabethtown, began his day on the back nine and bogeyed his first hole. He had no hic-cups after that. He had seven birdies en route to the 66.

Two-time defending State Am champ Patrick Newcomb opened with a 5-under 67. The former Murray State golfer had an eagle and seven birdies to offset four bogeys.

Tyler McDaniel, a Clay County High School standout who tied for third in last year's State Am, had a 68, including an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole.

McDaniel is familiar with the course. He tied for fifth in the state high school tournament at Bowling Green Country Club last fall.

Chandler Morgan, who graduated from Tates Creek a few weeks ago, shot a 70 and is tied for fourth.

Only 11 golfers in the field of 155 broke par, including 2008 State Am champ Tyler Sharpe of Greensburg.

The field will be cut to the low 70 and ties after Wednesday's round. The tournament concludes on Thursday.