COLUMBUS, Ga. — There were not many pars on the scorecards of Carter Page and Grant Hirschman Thursday during the second round of the Southeastern Amateur.
Hirschman, the University of Oklahoma sophomore and defending champion, is no stranger to low rounds at "CCC" as the Collierville, Tenn. native posted a 66 at the course in last year's playoff win over Shad Tuten. He made just seven pars on Thursday en route to a course record-tying 62, fueled by five straight birdies to begin his day.
But it's Page, the North Carolina State senior, who leads by a stroke after a 62 of his own. Page, of Waynesville, N.C., also had just seven pars but featured two par-4 eagles during his round.
“A bunch of things have to go your way to do something like that,” Page told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. “But not everything can go your way. That last putt didn’t.”
Page had an opportunity to break the course record and shoot 61, but missed a six-foot par putt on 18. Still, at 10-under at the tournament's halfway point, he leads Hirschman by one and soon-to-be Georgia Southern freshman Steven Fisk by two.
Vaughan McCall of New Zealand sits in fourth place four shots back after shooting 66 on day two.
John Jonas, the opening-round leader who posted 65 on day one, shot one-over par 72 in the second round and fell into a tie for fifth. He's now five back of the lead.
ABOUT THE CLUB
The Club was originally founded in 1909. The 18-hole golf course was completed by Donald Ross in 1925 and was updated by him again in 1938. The "triple C" as it known by its members possesses a rich golfing pedigree, playing as annual host to the prestigious Southeastern Amateur Championship.
The club is also home to the Fred Haskins Award, given to the best male collegiate golfer each year. Fred Haskins, a close friend of Bobby Jones and long time head golf professional at CCC, was quite an accomplished golfer and teacher during the middle of the twentieth century. As a tribute to his teaching abilities, his young pupils went on to win more than 150 championships.