CHARLESTON, SC (March 31, 2017) -- Woody Woodward, Scott Harvey and Joseph Pagdin are all 7-under and tied for the lead halfway through the Azalea Invitational.
The trio will begin Saturday's third round at the Country Club of Charleston two shots clear of Walker Lee, Chris Petefish and Cole Hammer, all of whom are 5-under and sharing fourth.
Of the lead group Woody Woodward had the round of the day with a 6-under 65. Woodward, a senior at Wake Forest, was as sharp as a nail on Friday playing a flawless six birdie round of golf. After three straight pars to open his round Woodward carded his first birdie on No. 4 and then proceeded to roll in additional tweeters on the 5th, 9th, 12th, 16 and 18th hole.
AmateurGolf.com's second-ranked mid-amateur Scott Harvey moved into a share of the lead with a 5-under 66 in the second round. Harvey did bogey three-times but he was able to more than offset those dropped shots with six birdies and an eagle.
Harvey birdied three-times in a four hole stretch from Nos. 2-5 and he recorded his eagle on the par-5 9th.
Overnight leader Joseph Pagdin remained a part of the lead with a day two 2-under 69. The 15-year-old got to as low as 9-under during the round before he settled for a 36-hole tie.
Pagdin bogeyed his first hole only to rebound swiftly with four birdies from the 5th-10th hole to reach that 9-under plateau. From there Pagdin would play 1-over golf to the house.
NFL star Tony Romo was one shot better on Friday, as he posted a 6-over 77. Romo, who birdied three-times in the round, is currently 13-over-par
ROUND ONE RECAP
15-year-old Joseph Pagdin fired a first round 5-under 66 at the Country Club of Charleston to take the first round Azalea Invitational lead.
During Thursday's first round Pagdin only bogeyed once while also rolling in six birdies, including three in five holes from Nos. 12-16. Pagdin, the medalist at last years AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic, set the tone for his day early with a birdie on No. 1 and also carded birdies on holes 5 and 8.
Former North Carolina Amateur Championship Steven Brame is in second place following a 4-under 67. Brame tallied five birdies and only one bogey on Thursday. For Brame the bogey didn't come until the 17th hole and it came after a three birdie in four hole stretch.
Trent Phillips and Jeff Knox are tied for third at 3-under while six others are tied for fifth at 2-under. Included in the 2-under group is AmateurGolf.com's Second Ranked Mid-Amateur Scott Harvey.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo opened his week with a 70over 78. Romo birdied twice on the front nine and was just 1-over after nine holes but he struggled on his second nine.