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Allen takes three-shot lead after first round of city championship

Last Modified: Friday, June 21, 2013 6:47 PM

By Jim Gazzolo / American Press

A week after routing the field to win his first Sulphur city title, Neithan Allen was back at it again Friday.

Allen was one of four players to shoot under par in the opening round of the Lake Charles City Golf Championship at Mallard Cove.

He ended his round by chipping in for an eagle on the 18th hole to take a three-shot lead with a 5-under 67.

D.J. Schexnider finished with a 70 while Jason Horn and Jake Clyde were four shots back at 71.

“I put myself in a good position to start,” Allen said. “I just tried to play solid. I was just plugging along at 3-under until that last hole, hoping to get one more.”

Instead, he got two when his chip rolled into the cup.

Allen is looking to become the fourth man every to the Sulphur and Lake Charles city championships in the same year and first since Matt Nicholas in 2004.

Nicholas and Hank Shaheen finished the day at even par with 72s.

Robby Going, a two-time winner, started slow. He shot a 77 and was 10 strokes off the lead. He finished with just one birdie, that on the final hole and is in real danger of missing the cut.

Only the top 16 and ties after Saturday’s second round will compete for the championship. The rest will be placed in Flight 1.

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