BY ALEX PODLOGAR
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Remember David Erdy?
Will Seger does.
And it’s those memories that brought him to the 114th North & South Amateur at Pinehurst.
Seger, a rising sophomore at Indiana University, stole the thunder of defending North & South champion Andrew Dorn in the first round of play at Pinehurst No. 8 on Tuesday, roaring to a 6-under-par 65 to take a 3-shot lead over Rico Hoey and McCormick Clouser.
“I didn’t have a lot of great looks at birdie, but I just stuck to may gameplan of fairways and greens,” Seger said. “And my putting was really hot.”
Seger birdied the last three holes on the front nine – a stretch of four birdies in five holes. From there, he had three more birdies on the back on three par-4s on the 7,044-yard, par-71 layout.
“There were a lot of 3s,” Seger quipped.
It was a round reminiscent of another former Indiana star, Erdy, who finished as the North &South runner-up in 2011 before advancing to the semifinals in 2012. Seger remembers Erdy’s runs fondly, and drove him to compete in the North & South.
“I used to watch David’s scores online,” Seger said. “I thought, ‘I really, really want to play there.’”