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Peyton White leads 3-course Charlotte City Amateur

Peyton White doesn’t think he’ll carry much momentum into the second round of the Charlotte City Amateur golf tournament.

The three-day tournament’s format moves play from Cedarwood Country Club – where White took the first-round lead Friday with a 7-under par 64 – to Carmel Country Club on Saturday and to Quail Hollow Club on Sunday.

“It’s going to be tough,” said White, a former Hough High player who now plays at Ohio University. “There’s different grass on the greens, so you have to adjust to the firmness, speeds and layouts. Once you get into a groove, you want to stay on the same course. If we were playing (at Cedarwood) again, I’d feel like I had a good chance on playing well again. We’ll just have to see.”

The top 50 players (plus ties) advanced to Carmel. The top 24 after Saturday advance to Sunday at Quail Hollow, where they will face identical pin placements from the Wells Fargo Championship’s final round.

White was in a groove on a steamy Friday. With a lot of help from eagles on the two par-5s on the front nine, White leads Vince Sumner and former City Am winners Brett Boner and John Eades (all at 66) by two strokes. Joe Jaspers, Scott Burnett and Davidson golfer David Sargent all shot 67 and are three back. Defending champion Philip Oweida (68) trails by four, with Ken Hendrickson and Andy Simmons, another Davidson player.

“I just kind of tried to stay out of my own way,” White said. “After the 11th or 12th hole, I thought I might have a special round going. So I just stayed conservative.”

White, who will be a sophomore at Ohio, finished 10th in this July’s N.C. Amateur. He made all-Observer second team as a senior at Hough.

Like White, Hendrickson, 52, doesn’t have much experience at Carmel and Quail Hollow.

“I played at Carmel a couple of years ago and it’s long and really tough,” said Hendrickson, who manages the Charlotte Cafe and won the prestigious Norwalk (Conn.) Invitational the last two years. “And Quail, that one’s eaten me up too. I don’t know what to expect over the next two days.”

But there are golfers out there who have experience at Carmel and Quail Hollow, and White is well aware of that.

“This format brings a lot more people into play,” he said. “And that gives certain people an advantage.”