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Hite jump-starts VSGA amateur with 6-under 65

Pat Kenney • Jun 28, 2011 at 11:01 AM

BRISTOL, Va. — Finishing under the cover of darkness, Clarksville’s Lane Hite had the spotlight all to himself.

Hite shot a 6-under-par 65 Tuesday to take the first-round lead in stroke-play qualifying at the 98th annual Virginia State Golf Association’s amateur at The Virginian.

A late afternoon rainstorm forced the final few groups to delay their finish. But that didn’t stop Hite from taking the lead halfway through the two days of qualifying.

Fairfax’s Danny Kim was second after a 66 followed by Patrick Scheil of Williamsburg and Michael Smith of Harrisonburg, both with 67s.

Three-time defending champion Brinson Paolini from Virginia Beach was tied for 13th after a 1-under 70.

Read the full story in Wednesday's print or enhanced electronic version of the Times-News.

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