Mid-Am Report: Day 2
Plenty of good golf was played in the second round qualifying for the 2015 Mid-Amateur Championship, but it was Mother Nature who shot the lights out.
Midway in the afternoon, a storm cell moved into the Vero Beach area, forcing a 75-minute suspension. Play resumed, but as darkness began to fall so did more rain, and play was suspended for the day at 6:45 pm with several groups still on the courses. All of which means tomorrow will be a busy day.
That said, at least at least 40 players are assured to make the cut. Atop the leaderboard is Matt Parziale, a 28-year-old fire fighter from Brockton, Massachusetts, who posted a three-under-par 69 on the West Course to go with his 70 on the North yesterday to stand at four under par. But he is not the medalist—yet—as defending Champion Scott Harvey also is four under with the eighth and ninth holes of the North Course to be played at dawn tomorrow.
The round of the weekend was shot by Robby McWilliams of Benton, Louisiana, a bogey-free seven-under par 65 that set a new competitive record for our North Course. He was tied for third at one under along with Brian Komline of Bridgewater, New Jersey, Andrew Wyatt of Midland, Texas, and Michael McCoy, of Des Moines, Iowa, the 2013 Mid-Amateur Champion who last month became, at age 52, the third oldest player to compete in a Walker Cup. But he will not be the oldest one in the match-play field—not by a decade—as 62-year-old Pat Tallent, the 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur Champion, was comfortably inside the cut at three over par for the two days of play.
The certain-to-make-the-cut group also includes two internationals, Hyuncheol Lee from the Republic of Korea (+1) and England’s Stephen Marland (+2). First-round co-leader, leader Brian Smith made it easily at even par as did Mike Smith of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, but the most decorated Smith in the field, four-time Mid-Amateur Champion and three-time Walker Cupper Nathan, was in need of some help, having finished +6 with the cut projected at +5.
Round two will be completed starting at 7 am tomorrow, followed by a playoff for the last spots if needed, and then the match play portion of the championship will begin with all matches on the West Course.
IN “OTHER” NEWS…
For most of us, there’s not a hole on the North or West course where we haven’t at some point come to grief, posting a score that is larger than our shoe size. As consolation, please know that more than a few such numbers have been recorded this weekend. Indeed, while the ringer scores—the totals of the best hole-by-hole scores by the field—are quite impressive (51 on the North and 47 on the South) just as arresting are the numbers when you add up the worst scores, the “others” made on each hole—a whopping 142 on the North (precisely double par for the course) and 129 on the West. And bear in mind, we have a few opportunities tomorrow to expand those totals.
Remarkably, double-digit disasters have occurred at three holes—number nine on the North where a septuple-bogey 12 was somehow crafted, number 14 North, scene of an 11, and number 17 West which yielded a double-par 10. Without identifying the perpetrators of these scores, suffice it to say that none of them will be involved in the match play tomorrow.
Click here to read David Shefter from the USGA's write-up on Marc Dull & Brady Exber.
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