MANCHESTER, Maine (July 10, 2013) -- As the conclusion of the second round of the Maine Amateur Championship, Ricky Jones is still the man to beat. He had his worse stretch of holes in two days on the 12th, 13th and 14th holes at Augusta Wednesday as he made bogeys on all three.
Good thing he also had six birdies as bogey insurance.
Finishing at three-under 67 to go with yesterday's leading 66, he has a six-shot lead over his closest competitors, Tommy Sterling and Ryan Gay, who are both one under par at 139, having shot 69-70. Gay will try to take advantage of his home club knowlege to get one last shot at his fourth championship. Both Gay and JJ Harris, who will be in the third group of the day, are turning pro immediately upon the conclusion of this championship
Jones, Gay and Stirling will pair up for tomorrow's final round at 10 a.m. A total of 46 players made the cut, which came in at the predicted 151.
Chasing them in the second group will be 13-time defending champion, also an Augusta member, Mark Plummer, who sits at 143. He'll be paired with Sam Grindle, who finished with a 141, and Jack Wyman at 142. Wyman was the amateur champion in last year's Charlie's Maine Open, which also was held at ACC.
Joining Harris -- who tied Plummer at 143 -- in the third group will be defending Maine Match Play champion Johnny Hayes and Sable Oaks' Mike O'Brien, who was the oldest regular player on last year's winning Maine Tri-State team. Both and O'Brien finished at 144, as did Joe Walp and Brian Bilodeau
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