NY Mid-Amateur: Scorse steals lead
FAYETVILLE, NY (Sept. 28, 2013) -- Walt McArdell (Radisson Greens GC), first round leader of the 2013 NYS Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, lost ground on Saturday at Onondaga Golf & Country Club. At the conclusion of the second round, Jim Scorse (Stafford CC) holds the lead with a 1-over par 36-hole total of 143.

Unlike the first round, McArdell was unable to maintain a balanced game today. He offset eight bogies with only two birdies. The birdies came at the end of his round on the par-5 17th and the par-4 18th.

McArdell finished the second round with a 6-over par 77 for a 36-hole total of 147. McArdell is currently tied for sixth with Chris Schmidt (Tuscarora GC) and NYSGA Executive Director Bill Moore (Bellevue CC). Schmidt posted a 2-over par 73 in the second round for a 36-hole total of 147. Moore posted a 4-over par 75 in the second round for a 36-hole total of 147.

Scorse shot a 1-over par 72 today and overall played a solid round of golf.

“Although I didn’t hit the ball quite as well, I made some putts today,” Scorse said. “I made some nice par putts actually and kept the ball in play on most holes,” he added.

For Scorse, the only real trouble spot in the round came on the par-4 10th. Although he reached the green in regulation, poor positioning left him needing four putts to hole out.

“I got up and down around the greens pretty well,” Scorse said. Other than one bad hole, the tenth hole, I was pretty happy with the round today,” he added.

In the 2012 NYS Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Midvale Country Club, Scorse held the lead going into the final round as well but lost by one-stroke to fellow Rochesterian, Tim Spitz. Looking forward to tomorrow’s final round, Scorse is hoping to play well enough to hold on and win.

At the end of the interview, Scorse said, “All in all, I’m only focused on playing good golf and hitting the ball solid tomorrow.”

Defending Champion, Tim Spitz (Monroe GC) posted a 2-over par 73 in the second round for a 36-hole total of 145; Spitz sits two-strokes off of the lead.

Daniel Russo (Rolling Hills CC), Dave Segot (Nassau Players Club) and Peter Derrenbacker (Onondaga G&CC) finished tied for third with a 36-hole total of 146.

There was a cut after the second round of the Championship; low 30 and ties made the cut. The cut fell at a 36-hole total of 155.

The final round will begin on Sunday at 8:00AM with players teeing off of #1. The marquee group will tee-off at 9:30AM.

ABOUT THE New York State Mid-Amateur

Entries will be limited to male amateur golfers who enjoy membership privileges at Clubs belonging to the New York State Golf Association, or are NYSGA Associate Members. Entrants must have attained their 25th birthday by the date of their regional qualifier.

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