Michael Saunders jumps to five-shot lead at South of England Amateur
Michael Saunders
Michael Saunders

TADWORTH, England — A two-way tie for first gave way to a five-shot lead through two rounds at the South of England Amateur Championship. Englishmen Cameron Shaw and Thomas Robson posted 68 on day one, but it was 24-year-old Michael Saunders, also of England, who will enter the final day with a sizable lead.

Saunders fired his second straight three-under par 69 to lead Jordan Garnish heading to a 36-hole day on Thursday at Walton Heath Golf Club.

The two first-round co-leaders, Shaw and Robson, both shot in the 80s on Wednesday as Shaw, a junior at Cal-Berkeley, shot 80 while Robson posted 81. They are 10 and 11 shots back of the lead, respectively.

Scoring proved to be more difficult during round two as only two players — Saunders and Jake Burnage — broke 70. Burnage's 69 followed up an opening-round 76 and places him in a tie for sixth.

Results For Walton Heath Trophy
1ItalyLuca CianchettiItaly70071-74-66-72=283
2EnglandMichael SaundersEngland50069-69-73-73=284
T3EnglandSteven RobinsEngland40073-73-67-72=285
T3EnglandJake BurnageEngland40076-69-67-73=285
T5EnglandJosh HilleardEngland40073-75-68-72=288

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ABOUT THE Walton Heath Trophy

The Walton Heath Trophy each year attracts a top- class field of amateur golfers from across the world. The 72 hole stroke play event takes place over both the Old and New courses at the famed Walton Heath Golf Club in Tadworth, Surrey and consists of four rounds of golf with a cut after 36 holes. The tournament changed its name from South of England Open Amateur to the current name in November of 2017.

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