Jammed leaderboard at Trans-Miss Four-Ball
Terrence Miskell
Terrence Miskell

OOLTEWAH, Tenn. — Four teams sit tied atop the leaderboard at the 35th Trans-Mississippi Four-Ball Championship at the Honors Course in Ooltewah, TN all finishing the day with a two round total of 7-under-par 137. The duos consist of Tom Kelley and Nick Vondrak from Omaha, NE, Scott Tridle from Lincoln, NE and Will Andersen from Dakota City, NE, Josh Swanson from Bee Cave, TX and Riley Pumphrey from Norman, OK, and Terrence Miskell from New Braunfels, TX and Trey Hallmark from Boerne, TX.

Kelley and Vondrak started the day farthest back of the lead compared to their fellow frontrunners. After a first round of even par 72, the team from Omaha found their groove early making five birdies in their first seven holes. With an unfortunate bogey on the par-4 15th, Kelley and Vondrak bounced back with a birdie on the par-5 17th on their way to a 7-under 65, good for low round of the day and a tie for the lead.

Three teams sit in a tie for fifth one shot behind the leaders at 6-under 138. The teams are comprised of Ben Blundell and Jordan Cook of Oklahoma City, OK, Draegen Majors and Lawrence Field of Tulsa, OK, and first round leaders Jack Larkin and Michael Brown of Atlanta, GA.

Fourteen teams made up of twenty-eight players from the Championship division made the cut at 1-under 143 or better and will play in the third and final round tomorrow morning.

The Senior Division also holds a tie at the top of the leaderboard. First round leaders Mike Ameen from Shreveport, LA and Randy King from Kilgore, TX are now tied with Lee Sandlin and Warren Huddleston from Dallas, TX at 8- under 136 heading into Thursday’s final round.

Huddleston and Sandlin started the day three shots back of the leaders, and managed to duplicate their first round score with another 4-under 68 that could’ve been lower had it not been for two bogeys on the front nine.

Albert Huddleston of Dallas, TX and Paul Simson of Raleigh, N.C. stand alone at third with a two round total of 6-under 138. They shot the low round of the day in their division with a 7-under 65. Five teams are just a shot behind them at 5-under 139.

Ten teams of twenty players from the Senior Division will play tomorrow after the cut narrowed down the field to all teams at 1-under 140 or better.

Leading the Super Senior Division and holding the lowest two round total of the entire field is the team of Sam Boyd from Horseshoe Bay, TX and Ken Redfern from Austin, TX with an impressive two round total of 14-under 130.

Picking up right where they left off, Boyd and Redfern made eight birdies on the day with one bogey en route to a second round score of 7-under and a comfortable seven shot lead headed into the final round. Neil Wiley from Marietta, GA and John McGovern from Atlanta, GA are in solo second at 7- under 137, with Mickey McDonald and Jim Lipe of Shreveport, LA sitting in third at 3-under 141.

The duo of Steve Dallas and Edward Smith of Mesa, AZ round out the Super Senior division after setting the cut line at 1- under 143. Those four teams will compete in the final round tomorrow morning.

The third and final round of the 35th Trans- Mississippi Four-Ball Championship will take place tomorrow morning, Thursday, September 16th, at 8:15 AM.

ABOUT THE Trans-Miss Four-Ball

One of three annual championships hosted each year by the historic Trans-Mississippi Golf Association. Each player must be a member of a Trans-Mississippi member club, but not necessarily the same club. Players who do not belong to a Trans-Miss member club can speak to their club's manager or board of directors to encourage them to join (dues are very reasonable and support the Trans-Miss Turf Scholarship Fund). Alternatively, entrants may make a contribution in lieu of club membership to the Turf Scholarship Fund.

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