BOWLING GREEN, Kent. (June 19, 2013) -- Tyler McDaniel was spent after his second round at the Kentucky State Amateur Championship. He said the golf course was playing firm, fast and the back nine was a struggle, but this standout junior golfer stormed to the lead with a great round of 67 at Bowling Green Country Club. He leads Clay Hinton of Elizabethtown by three shots, after Hinton shot a second round of even par, 72. McDaniel is five shots clear of local favorite Matt Fuqua (70-70) and two time defending champion, Patrick Newcomb of Benton (67-73).
Hinton began the day with an exclamation point by birding the first three holes, but stumbled coming in with a bogey on 15 and a double bogey on 16. He hopes putts will begin to fall for him in the final round. With two rounds of 70, Fuqua said the number is a bit deceiving because he has had seven bogeys in his two rounds and is normally a lot more steady. He is enjoying playing his home course and being back in competition after five years. Newcomb said he had a lot of work to do after his one over par round. “I grinded all day and was lucky to turn at one under par,” he said, “I’ll be here working until dark tonight.”
We look forward to what daylight will bring when the final round begins tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. The cut was 152 (+8) with 73 players competing for the Championship. One senior golfer, Steve Humphrey of Lexington (152) made the cut and eight junior golfers made the cut: Logan Gamm of Union (151), Jackson Frame of Maysville (150), Tyler McDaniel, Chris Miller of Prospect (144), Chandler Morgan of Lexington (148), Zach Norris of McKee (152), Michael Sass of Louisville (146) and Matthew Zakutney of Paducah (143).
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