MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — High scoring continued as the winds howled at Miami Beach and Normandy Shores Golf Clubs during round two of the South Beach International Amateur on Monday. While the breeze was a little lighter than round one's 25 mile-per-hour constant fan, the 17 mph breeze out of the east made for difficult conditions and high scores once again.
First round co-leader and reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion Philip Barbaree has taken a one-shot lead going into round three with his 1-under par round of 69 at Normandy Shores. Tied for second at 138 (-3) are Florida’s Joshua Lee, who shot 70 at Miami Beach, and TCU’s Sarosh Adi. Adi’s 64 at Miami Beach could only be described as miraculous considering the conditions, besting the next lowest round at the venue by four shots.
Following Florida’s Lee, who is tied for second, two other Gators and a Gator recruit are two shots back of the lead at 2-under par. England’s Sam Horsfield (MB-69), Jorge Garcia (MB-70), and recruit Andy Zhang (MB-72) from China helped place four Gators at the top behind the 15th ranked amateur in the world.
Joining the Florida Gators two shots back of the lead are Northwestern’s Andrew Whalen of Ephrata, Wash. and Lipscomb University star Dawson Armstrong, who won this year's Western Amateur. Armstrong had the round of the day at Normandy Shores, moving up in the field with a 66.
The 2015 cut line of 6-over was the highest since the first SBIA in 2011 (+11) which also saw tough winds during the first two rounds. There are 78 players who play Tuesday and Wednesday at the Miami Beach who will try to take home one of amateur golf’s most prestigious championships. All 78 players who made the cut are within 10 strokes of the lead. With the winds expected to continue, there is not a player in the field who can be counted out.