Alabama Mid-Amateur: Jeff Taylor maintains lead
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Jeff Taylor continues to lead the 27th Alabama Mid-Amateur Championship at his home course, Wynlakes Golf & Country Club in Montgomery, after rounds of 68-70–138, six-under-par.

Former Mid-Amateur champions, Woodie Eubanks (72-69—141) and Emile Vaughan (72-70—142), are his closest pursuers.

This 54-hole championship is conducted at stroke play by the Alabama Golf Association and will conclude on Sunday.

The last time Wynlakes hosted the Mid-Amateur in 2010 Taylor was also in the thick of the action, eventually losing in a playoff to Steve Hudson.

This time he takes a three-shot lead into the final round. He matched birdies on Nos. 3, 6, 7, 11, 13 and 17 against bogeys on holes 5 and 15 and a double bogey on No. 14 for his two-under-par second round.

Taylor played college golf for Troy University and plays a Wynlakes once a week with friends. He does not play in State tournaments, other than ones at his home course and is certainly using his local home course knowledge to his advantage.

Eubanks, who is from Trussville, is used to being in contention. He had the rarest of birds in his opening round, an albatross (double eagle) on No. 16, which propelled him to a round of level par.

Saturday’s second round also saw him finish strong with birdies on Nos. 15, 17 and 18 to card the low round of the day.

Vaughan, like Taylor, is a member at Wynlakes and knows the course well. He has won multiple State championships and has qualified for a number of USGA championships.

ABOUT THE Alabama Mid-Amateur

54 holes of gross individual stroke play. The field will be cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. Entries are open to any male amateur golfer who is a legal resident of Alabama, has an active GHIN USGA Handicap Index at an AGA member club that does not exceed 8.4 and is 25 years of age.

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