Schnitzer (61) nearly matches Meadow Club record at Trans-Miss Amateur
FAIRFAX, CA (July 9, 2013) -- Johnathan
Schnitzer of Houston nearly matched the
record of 60 at the historic Meadow Club on
Tuesday, firing 61 to take an early 4 stroke
at the Trans-Miss Amateur.
Schnitzer, starting on the back nine, went out
32 and punctuated his first nine with birdies
Nos. 17 and 18. Heading to the front side, he
made it four in a row with birdies on Nos. 1
then added another two at the downhill,
right 4th and the 194-yard par 3 fifth.
There were no bogeys on the card for
relatively unheralded redshirt junior on the
University of Texas golf team.
He is trailed by a trio at 65 that includes
Simsby of Carlsbad, Austin Cook of Jonesboro,
Arkansas, and the top ranked player in the
University of California standout Max Homa.
Preparations for the 110th
Trans-Mississippi amateur golf championship,
presented by TaylorMade-Adidas, set for
Tuesday through Thursday, July 9-11, at the
historic Meadow Club in Fairfax are nearly
complete, with 144 of the country's top male
golfers ready to compete for one of amateur
golf's most prestigious titles.
The field of golfers will include Cal
NCAA champion, first team All American and
U.S. Open participant Max Homa along with
defending champion Tyler Raber from UC-
and Stanford's Jim Liu, a former U.S. Junior
Practice rounds begin Monday at
famed architect Alister Mackenzie's first
American design, 40 miles North of San
Francisco. The tournament, on the par 71
measuring 6,734 yards, begins Tuesday, July
and concludes with a 36-hole final on
July 11. All rounds are free and open to the
public and media.
Among the other top players
are USC's Sam Smith, currently ranked 47th
the country in the amateur rankings, along
Fresno 's Bryson DeChambeau, who won
Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors
SMU and is ranked #62 in the country. Last
year's third-place finisher Austin Cook of
Jonesboro , Arkansas is also returning. Also
entered is USC student Daniel Trevino, the son
of World Golf Hall of Famer Lee Trevino.
There has not been a repeat
champion at the Trans-Miss, coming to
California for the first time since 2004, since
Allen Miller won in 1968-70. Jack Nicklaus also
won back-to-back in 1958-59. Other winners
include PGA Tour stars Ben Crenshaw, Deane
Beman, Bob Tway and Mark Brooks.