Marsh, White share U.S. Mid-Amateur lead

Birmingham, AL ( ) - Kevin Marsh and Todd White carded matching 4-under 66s on Saturday and they share the lead after the first round of the stroke play at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

Marsh, the 2005 champion, traded a birdie for a bogey from the third on the East Course at the Country Club of Birmingham. He later eagled the sixth and birdied the eighth to head to the back nine at minus-3.

Around the turn, Marsh birdied the par-5 11th. He tripped to a bogey at 15, but bounced back with a birdie at 16. Marsh parred the last two for his 66.

White played the front nine in even-par with a birdie on the sixth and a bogey on the ninth. He got back into red figures with a birdie on No. 11. White closed with three consecutive birdies from the 16th to join Marsh in the lead.

Jim Chang and Matthew Mattare, who was a quarterfinalist last year, share third place at minus-3. Tim Jackson, a semifinalist in 2012, and Jon Veneziano both posted a 2-under 69s on the West Course. They share fifth place with Michael McCoy and Keith Unikel, who had 68s on the East Course.

Paul Simson, the 2012 USGA Senior Amateur champion, and Kenneth McCready are in the final players in red figures at minus-1. Randal Lewis, the 2011 winner, and 2006 champ David Womack are among a group of 12 players at even-par.

Nathan Smith, who won this crown for the fourth time last year, shot 3-over 74 and is tied for 54th after round one.

10/05 21:38:27 ET

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