Ben Dietrich, Todd White tied for 5th going to S.C. Amateur final day

Bluffton’s Ben Dietrich and former Hilton Head Island High teacher Todd White were tied for fifth after Saturday’s third round of the South Carolina Amateur Championship, with one more day to make up a seven-shot deficit to Clemson’s Carson Young.

White, now living in Spartanburg, carded an even-par 72 on Saturday at Georgetown’s DeBordieu Club. Dietrich, a rising senior at South Carolina and the first-day leader, produced a 73.

Young fired a 68 on Saturday, the week’s second-lowest score, to turn a two-shot deficit to Wofford’s Andrew Novak into a two-stroke cushion. He reached the 54-hole checkpoint at 9-under 207.

“I really didn’t make a lot of mistakes today,” Young told a tournament liaison. “Made a couple of 15- to 20-footers for birdie and didn’t make mistakes.”

Novak, meantime, had a key mistake on DeBordieu Club’s par-5 finishing hole when he hit one into the water and three-putted for a double bogey.

Bluffton’s Bryson Nimmer, a rising Clemson sophomore, was just outside the top 10 after a Saturday 71 left him 10 shots off the lead.