GOLDON, CO (September 7, 2016) -- Two members of The Club at Rolling Hills remained atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the 45th Colorado Senior Amateur which is being contested at their home course.
First-round leader Kevin Ott retained his two-stroke lead by shooting a 2-over-par 73 on Wednesday, which left him at 1-over 143 going into Thursday's final round. Like on Tuesday, Ott gave back three strokes in his final four holes Wednesday. He finished the day with four birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey on No. 15.
Holding down second place, just as he did after round 1, is defending champion Bill Fowler, also a Rolling Hills member. Like Ott, Fowler carded a 73 on Wednesday, leaving the 2015 winner at 145. After a first-nine 40 in round 2, Fowler closed strong, going 3 under par in his final five holes.
Fowler is attempting to become the first player since John Olive in 2001 and 2002 to win the CGA Senior Amateur in consecutive years.
Four other players are likewise within five strokes of the lead heading into the final round. Brian Woody of the Ridge at Castle Pines North carded a 72 -- the best score recorded on Wednesday -- to stand in third place at 147. And three-time champion Robert Polk of Colorado Golf Club (75 Wednesday), Michael Smith of Rifle Creek Golf Course (74) and Thomas Roos of Spring Valley Golf Club (75) share fourth place at 148.
The field was cut to the low 40 players and ties -- which turned out to be the 41 golfers at 159 or better -- after two rounds.
Ott, Fowler and Woody will tee off for Thursday's final round at 9:57 a.m. MT.
ROUND ONE RECAP
Two members of The Club at Rolling Hills parlayed their home-course advantage into spots at the top of the leaderboard after Tuesday's first round of the 45th Colorado Senior Amateur Championship.
Kevin Ott of Rolling Hills posted the only subpar round on Tuesday, firing a 1-under-par 70 for a two-stroke lead. And that was despite playing his final four holes in 3 over par. Overall for the day, Ott made six birdies and five bogeys.
And sharing second place, at 72, is another Rolling Hills member, defending Senior Amateur champion Bill Fowler. Fowler likewise tailed off at the end of his round, going 4 over on his last seven holes after being 3 under through 11.
Joining Fowler at 72 was Mike Lohse of West Woods Golf Club, who had a four-birdie day.
Three-time champion Robert Polk of Colorado Golf Club shares fourth place at 73 with Thomas Roos of Spring Valley Golf Club and Dave R. Brown of Highlands Ranch Golf Club.
The 84-man field will be cut to the low 40 players and ties after two rounds. The 54-hole tournament, known previously as the CGA Senior Stroke Play, will conclude on Thursday.
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