PITTSFORD, N.Y. — After nine players posted one-under par on day one of the Monroe Invitational, University of Oklahoma junior Beau Titsworth separated himself from the pack — if only by a stroke — to grab a slim lead at the tournament's halfway point.
Titsworth, who was part of the nine-way tie for first place after Wednesday's opening round, used two separate stretches of three consecutive birdies to card four-under 66 on day two. The second of the two sequences took place on his final three holes as the Avon Lake, Ohio native birdied holes 7, 8, and 9 to close out the round.
In May, Titsworth placed second at the Crestview Country Club U.S. Open Local Qualifier, shooting 68 to finish three shots behind former Tulsa University golfer Andre Tourinho. The showing was good enough to earn a spot at Sectional Qualifying on Monday, where he shot 74-70 at Springfield Country Club in Ohio but missed moving on to Chambers Bay by 10 shots.
Titsworth's 66 was tied for the lowest round of the day with two other players. Coastal Georgia graduating senior Alastair Tidcombe, a native of Canada, posted 66 to jump into third place just two back of Titsworth, while North Carolina sophomore Henry Do rebounded from an opening-round 75 to shoot his 66 and climb inside of the top-10.
Sitting in second place is recent Pepperdine graduate Kevin DeHuff, who would have entered the third round in a tie with Titsworth if it weren't for his bogey on the closing par-4 18th. Still, DeHuff's rounds of 69 and 67 have him just one back of the leader and one of just five players under par after 36 holes.
This 72-hole stroke play event has a long history, dating back to 1937. The Donald Ross-designed, par-70 Monroe Golf Club plays host. The defending champion, the big-hitting Taylor Pendrith, is now playing on the PGA Canada Tour.