WESTMINSTER, CO (October 8, 2016) -- The co-leaders remain the same as they were after the first round, but University of Colorado teammates Ross Macdonald and Ryan Schmitz made up considerable ground with a stellar score of 10-under-par 62 Saturday at the CGA Four-Ball Championship at Legacy Ridge Golf Course.
Steve Irwin of Lakewood Country Club and Barry Erwin of Murphy Creek Golf Course, along with Alex Buecking of Columbine Country Club and Trent Isgrig of CommonGround Golf Course stayed in a share of the lead as they matched 6-under-par 66s to go into Sunday's final round with 14-under 130 totals. Irwin and Buecking won the CGA Four-Ball title together in 2009.
Buecking and Isgrig have yet to make a bogey through 36 holes as they posted six birdies on Saturday. Irwin, a two-time champion, and Erwin have made two bogeys total to go alone with 16 birdies.
Meanwhile, Macdonald and Schmitz, from the Country Club at Castle Pines and Colorado Golf Club, respectively, carded the best round of the tournament so far -- by two strokes -- in following up a 69 with a 62. They trail the leaders by one after racking up 11 birdies best-ball on Saturday, posting 11 3s on their card.
Dallas Massey of South Suburban Golf Course and John Hayes of Commonground are the only other team at 135 or better as they hold fourth place at 132.
Sunday's final round will begin with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
ROUND ONE RECAP
Steve Irwin of Lakewood Country Club and Alex Buecking of Columbine Country Club, who won the Colorado Four-Ball Championship as a team in 2009, have different partners this year but share the lead after Friday's first round of the Four-Ball at Legacy Ridge Golf Course in Westminster.
Irwin and Barry Erwin of Murphy Creek Golf Course made nine birdies in opening with an 8-under-par 64. And that total was matched by Buecking and Trent Isgrig of CommonGround Golf Course, who had eight birdies in a bogey-free round.
Irwin also won this event in 2004 with Pat Diaz. As for Buecking, he and Jason Enloe of Dallas advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in May.
Two other players who competed in that national four-ball tournament in the spring, Ben Sherlund and Zach Fowlds of Colorado Golf Club, are in third place after shooting a 66 on Friday. Dallas Massey of South Suburban Golf Course and John Hayes of CommonGround hold down the fourth spot at 67 after making an eagle on the 18th hole in round 1.
A total of 45 two-person teams are competing in the scratch best-ball stroke-play event. The 54-hole tournament continues through Sunday.
The CGA Four-Ball was originally scheduled for early May, but a snowstorm caused it to be postoned.
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