Spitalny, Keene hold lead at Tennessee Senior Amateur
Neil Spitalny
Neil Spitalny

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Neil Spitalny and Richard Keene of Chattanooga share the overall lead after 36 holes of play at 1-over par 141 in the 45th Annual Tennessee Senior Amateur Championship hosted by Lookout Mountain Golf Club.

Spitalny followed up his first round 1-under par 69 with a second round 2-over par 72. Keene’s highlight of the day came at the par-3 thirteenth hole where he made an ace. Following thirteen, Keene added another birdie at the par-4 fourteenth and would go on to shoot 35-34-69 to add to his first round 72.

The pair will begin the final round Friday morning at 10:20am alongside Stuart Smith of Knoxville.

In the Tennessee Super Senior Amateur Championship, Mike Nixon of Nashville holds a commanding 11-stroke lead heading into Friday’s final round. Nixon followed up his 1-over par 71 with an impressive 4-under par 66 in round two. The final Super Senior group of Mike Nixon, Jim Brown, and Kent Thompson will begin Friday morning at 8:20am.

HISTORY: The inaugural State Senior Amateur Championship was played in 1965 at the original Colonial Country Club in Memphis. Curtis Person, a Colonial member, shot 211 to easily outdistance Earl Pate by seven strokes. When Chattanooga’s Lew Oehmig won five straight championships from 1969 to 1973, the tournament was discontinued. It was revived in 1980 and Oehmig won two more for a record seven. It was 1993 before Tennessee came into compliance with USGA rules by limiting senior play by amateur men to 55 and older. In 2008 the Super Senior division was added for players 65 and over.

ABOUT THE Tennessee Senior Amateur

54 hole stroke play championship. A cut of the low 30 Senior scores and ties will be made following the 2nd round. A cut of the low 15 Super Sr scores and ties will be made following the 2nd round. Applications are open to amateurs who possess an active USGA/GHIN Handicap Index of 10.0 or less from a TGA member club or course.

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