AIEA, HI (March 19, 2016)-- Tyler Ota (Aiea, HI) made up six shots over 2nd round leader Kyle Suppa to take the lead at the Hawaii State Amateur.
Ota fired a third-round 69 and sits one-shot ahead of Suppa and five shots clear of the rest of the field at 3-under par heading into the final round. Ota was even on his front nine and closed strong with three birdies for a back-nine 33.
Suppa struggled on his opening nine, making three bogeys for a 39. Two bogeys and two birdies on the back nine gave him a 3-over 75, his highest round thus far. The good news is he is only one shot off the lead in what should be a two-horse race for the title.
ROUND TWO STORY
Kyle Suppa (-5) leads the Hawaii State Amateur Stroke Play Championship by five at the midway point. Suppa (Honolulu, HI) a USC commit followed up a first round 70 with a 3-under par 69.
Suppa, who made the cut at the 2015 PGA Tour Sony Open, struggled at the start of his round bogeying two of his first three holes.
The high school senior responded with three birdies to close out his opening nine, the back nine. He then carried the momentum over to the front side of the course where he carded four more birdies and just one bogey.
Tyler Ota (Aiea, HI) who finished in the top 10 of the Hawaii State Amateur Stroke Play Championship last year is the closet competitor in second place at even-par. Andrew Chin (Honolulu, HI) is in third place with a two round score of 1-over par.
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