The third round of the Monroe Invitational began with University of Oklahoma’s Beau Titsworth sitting atop the leaderboard with a one-stroke lead. After carding a 1-over 71 on the Donald Ross-designed Monroe Golf Club, Titsworth finished the third round with two birdies on the day, unable to match his six birdies from yesterday. Despite that, he finds himself with a two-shot lead over University of Virginia’s Derek Bard.
Bard, currently ranked 44th among Americans in the AmateurGolf.com player rankings, had a good day in which he posted four birdies and one bogey to finish the day with a 3-under 67 to go to 2-under for the tournament. His was the low round for the day, and he was only one of six players to finish under-par for the round. Scoring proved to be tougher for many, as the shot average for the day was almost 3/4s of a stroke higher than on day one, leaving just three players in red numbers after three rounds.
In third place is Pepperdine’s Kevin DeHuff, who will enter Saturday’s final round three shots behind Titsworth. He started the day just one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 67, but couldn’t seem to get anything going during today’s play. He had two bogeys each on both the front and back, with his lone birdie coming on the par-4, 414-yard no. 11.
The 72-hole, stroke play Monroe Invitational was first played in 1937 at the Ross-designed Monroe Golf Club in Pittsfield, New York. Ross began construction on the course in 1923, with play beginning on July 4, 1924.I Included among the inaugural foursome was the noted Scottish professional Johnny Walker, who was to serve as the club's first head pro.
Last year’s champion, the big-hitting Taylor Pendrith, is now playing on the PGA Canada Tour.