C.J. Brock during Texas Mid-Amateur first round
BEE CAVE, TX (September 25, 2016) -- The second
round restart of the Texas Mid-Amateur was
for leader C.J. Brock. After darkness suspended play
Saturday Brock returned to the Spanish Oaks Golf
for the final four holes of his round and promptly
the second shot of his day on the par-4 15th.
The shot moved Brock to 6-under (68-68) and
is where he will begin the final round. Colby Harwell
in second place at 3-under.
Three others are tied for third at 1-under with
final round set to begin late this morning.
-Story by AmateurGolf.com Staff
DAY TWO RECAP
-Story by Texas Golf Association
round of the 2016 Texas Mid-Amateur Championship
was suspended due to darkness at 7:26 p.m. on
Saturday. Play will resume Sunday at 7:30 a.m. at
Spanish Oaks Golf Club. The final round of the 54-
stroke-play championship will commence following
conclusion of the second round.
Colby Harwell from San Antonio holds the
clubhouse lead at 3-under-par 139. He finished early
Saturday and posted a 1-under 70 that featured five
birdies, including three in a row on his 10th, 11th
12th holes. Harwell, part of Texas’ victorious 2014
State Team Championship squad, shot a 2-under 69
Friday’s opening round.
“All of the sudden I found my bread-and-butter
shot,” said Harwell, winner of the 2013 and ’16
Woods Invitational and 2013 Crane Cup. “I like to
the ball right to left, and I found that again. I’m
comfortable over the ball and I can take a cut
worrying about the right side of the course.”
Still on the course when darkness halted play,
Brock from Richardson holds the overall lead at 4-
par. The long-hitting lefthander has four holes
remaining in his second round. Brock, the leader
the first round, made a birdie on the par-3 14th and
elected not to tee off on No. 15 as dusk settled in at
Also yet to complete his second round is Brian
Noonan from Austin. He’s tied with Harwell at 3-
par. Christopher Wheeler from Addison and Kevin
Doskocil from Fort Worth finished their second
and share fourth place at 1-under 141. Wheeler shot
even-par round of 71 on Saturday; Doskocil signed
All three players tied for sixth place were able to
complete their second rounds. Rick Sulzer from
Carrollton, J.J. Wall from San Antonio and Josh
from Dallas currently sit at even-par 142. For up-to-
date scoring, click here.
Once the second round concludes, the field will
cut to the low 54 scores, including ties. As of the
suspension of play, 57 players were at 12-over 154;
however, several of those players have yet to finish
During the afternoon wave of Saturday’s second
round, lightning in the area created a dangerous
situation and caused play to be suspended at 4:44
It was a brief halt, and play resumed at 5:33 p.m.
Stephen Paterson from Austin shot the day’s low
round, a sizzling 5-under 66 that saw him hit all 18
greens in regulation. It was quite a bounce-back
from the 40-year-old computer engineer. He shot
over 81 in the first round.
“I just wasn’t trying to push it too much today,”
said Patterson, who finished ninth at the 2006 Texas
Amateur and 14th in 2014 and ’15. “I didn’t hit it
bad yesterday. I just haven’t had enough
rounds on this course.”
Kip Guidry from Missouri City made the
tournament’s second hole-in-one when he aced the
125-yard, par-3 14th hole on Saturday.
“It landed four feet right of the hole, spun left
disappeared,” said the 50-year-old Guidry, who had
81-year-old father Kirby caddying for him.
Guidry shot a second round 78. Harwell aced the
same home in Friday’s first round.
ROUND ONE RECAP
hesitate when asked about the key to the 3-under-
68 he shot on Friday to lead the 2016 Texas Mid-
Amateur Championship after one round at Spanish
“Patience,” said Brock, a 39-year-old partner of
Dallas-based marketing and advertising firm. “This is
plodder’s course. You have to be patient and think
there. This course will eat you alive in a second if
try to step on the gas.”
Brock said his methodical approach helped him
in the fairway for most of the day. He missed just
fairways in regulation and never took more than two
putts on any green. He leads six golfers by one shot
headed into Saturday’s second of three rounds at
the more challenging courses in Texas.
“I hit a great drive on my first hole and had 111
yards to the hole,” said Brock, who started on the
yard, par-4 10th. “I hit my approach over the green
made a bogey. Normally, that would get me hot
the collar. But I told myself to stay calm. It’s a long
tournament, and I was bound to make a bogey
Brock, who played in the U.S. Mid-Amateur two
weeks ago, shook off the shaky start and remained
engaged. He hit driver, 3-wood to six feet on his
hole, which was the 505-yard, par-5 11th. When he
rolled in the eagle putt, he felt rewarded by the self-
control he exhibited after the hiccup a hole earlier.
Among those a shot back is San Antonio’s Colby
Harwell, a 31-year-old realtor who won a USGA
Championship in 2014 as one-third of the U.S. State
Team Championship squad. Harwell’s 2-under 69
thanks in large part from one swing of his trusty
pitching wedge. He aced the 154-yard, par-3 14th.
“I teed the ball up a little higher than usual to
a little spin off it,” Harwell said. “It landed five feet
short and 10 feet to the right. It turned over and
right in the cup.”
Also one shot back is Josh Irving from Dallas.
the reigning Texas Player of the Year and also made
to the Quarterfinals of this month’s U.S. Mid-
Stonewall Links in Everson, Pa. After advancing
the 36-hole stroke play Qualifier at Stonewall Links,
Irving proceeded to win three matches.
The others who shot 2-under 69 on Friday and
Brock by one shot include Andrew Wyatt from
J.J. Wall from San Antonio and Kevin Doskocil and
Volpitto from Fort Worth.
Three more players are just two shots back.
Datz, a Spanish Oaks member from Austin,
Wheeler from Addison and Rick Sulzer from
all posted 1-under 70s.
Playing at only 6,925 yards as a par-71 track,
breathtaking Spanish Oaks course packed plenty of
against a field of the best mid-amateurs in the state.
The collective scoring average was more than seven
shots over par at 78.08. Ranked as the third best
private course in Texas by Golf Digest, Spanish Oaks
challenges golfers with a series of blind tee shots and
forced carries over hazardous canyons and ravines.
Designed in 2001 by Bobby Weed, the PGA
former in-house architect, Spanish Oaks also
large, rolling greens. The TiffEagle Bermuda grass
putting surfaces have the kind of subtle breaks and
gentle slopes that take time and repetition to
understand, let alone conquer.
While many players struggled to find a level of
comfort on the Hill Country course, 10 percent of the
field – 13 golfers – posted scores of even par or
Ten mid-amateurs finished under par for the first
“If you stay between the thick stuff out here,
can score,” Wall said. “The course is in such good
condition, especially the greens. You just have to
out of trouble.”
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