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Trans-Miss Four-Ball: Sanders-Mitchell lead it

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 19, 2007)-- The conditions at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, site of the 27th Trans-Mississippi Four-Ball Championship, were foreboding for the groups with early tee times, cloudy with gusting winds. But around 12:30, the sun appeared and the winds began to calm, and with the change in weather came a lowering of scores for the later groups.

For the second day in a row, the skies cleared for Joe Sanders and Ryan Mitchell around the turn, just before The Dunes Course presents golfers with its difficult holes lining the shore.

With the weather turning in their favor, Sanders and Mitchell responded by ripping off a round of 9-under-par 63 to follow up their first-day score of 66 and take a commanding six-stroke lead of the tourney heading into the final day.

When asked what was working for the pair, Sanders didn't hesitate to respond: "Him."

Mitchell was quick to strike down thoughts that it was a one-man show.

"Joe covered me yesterday, today I played good, and the couple bad holes I did have Joe was right there, that's why we love best-ball events," said Mitchell. "Ham-and-egg golf."

"We both play a lot of stroke play events," said Sanders. "You have to grind it so much it's kind of fun to play these types of events."

The pair, which grew up near Tahoe in Incline Village, Nevada, played bogey-free golf, with Sanders, who played for UC-Santa Barbara, notching seven birdies while Mitchell notched two.

The nearest competitors to Sanders and Mitchell are John Pigg and Eddie Lyons, a pair that has certainly proven their mettle in this event, winning it four times between 1983 and 2004.

Robert Funk and David Bartman, both former individual winners of the Trans-Miss Championship, shared the lead with Sanders and Mitchell to start the day, but fell into a three-way tie for third after carding a 70.

Also in third at 136 is the father-son team of Steve and Stephen Summers, as is Pacific Grove residents Casey Boyns and William Moore.

The title isn't completely locked-up however, as weather forcasts call for rain throughout the day tomorrow, which could throw a monkey wrench into even the most iron-clad leads.

The senior division, which looked to be a runaway after Day 1 has turned into the more heated battle, as Jeff Remington and Bruce Richards followed their opening day 69 with a 68 to take a one-stroke lead heading into the finale.

Bill Heldmar and Roger Brown led going into the day with a 65, but posted a 1-over-par round of 73 to finish their 54 holes at 138. Cary Patterson and Mike Craven are alone in third at 139.

Be sure to check back with amateurgolf.com for a full tournament wrap-up Thursday night, as well as video coverage to be posted Friday afternoon.

Full scores follow:

  Team   Rd.1 Rd.2 Par
1 Mitchell, Ryan / Sanders, Joe   66 63 -15
2 Pigg, John / Lyons, Eddie   67 68 -9
T3 Funk, Robert / Bartman, David   66 70 -8
T3 John, Steve / Ledzinski, Jerry   68 68 -8
T3 Moore, William / Boyns, Casey   68 68 -8
T3 Summers, Stephen / Summers, Steve   70 66 -8
7 Cox, Kelly / Kohn, Tim   68 69 -7
T8 Karper, Phil / McGee, Mac   73 65 -6
T8 Kessler, Chris / Brown, Trent   69 69 -6
T10 Bodenheimer, Steve / Myers, Kriss   71 69 -4
T10 Kobalter, Kevin / Young, Gary   71 69 -4
T10 Albers, Bill / Griggs, Chris   69 71 -4
T13 Healer, Mark / Englander, Woody   69 72 -3
T13 Horsch Jr, Carl / Ryan, Jim   69 72 -3
T13 Nelson, Hunter / Moore, David   70 71 -3
T13 Podolak, Michael / Newman, Russ   73 68 -3
T13 Sullivan, Hollis / Dillard, Jeff   72 69 -3
T13 Colwell, Kip / Hoffman, John   72 69 -3
T19 McDonald, John / Nolan, Rick   70 72 -2
T19 House, R Mark / DeSantis, John   72 70 -2
T19 Gardner, Mark / Rice, Paul   71 71 -2
T19 Burns, Ron / Anderson, Jay   68 74 -2
T23 Bohls, Rex / Thompson, Powell   74 70 Even
T23 Barker, Shawn / Curd Jr, James   72 72 Even
T23 Creekmore III, Steve / Shumate, Bryon   75 69 Even
T23 Ream, Jim / Shlemmer, Rick   73 71 Even
27 McDonald, Robert / Brewer, Bob   73 72 +1
T28 Dudley, Matt / Hill, Ryan   75 71 +2
T28 Luther, Dan / Mooty, David   72 74 +2
T28 Trent, Kevin / Simmons, Doug   73 73 +2
T28 Hemphill, Gregg / Hallgrimson, Erik   69 77 +2
T28 McCray, Chandler / Benson, Charles   72 74 +2
T33 Ruffin, Rick / Anderson III, Carl   72 76 +4
T33 Seeman, Jason / Rismiller, David   75 73 +4
35 Hall, Murray / Lucas, Scott   75 74 +5
T36 Pescatore, Tony / Pospisil, E J   72 78 +6
T36 Goode, John / Coon, Richard   77 73 +6
38 Epstein, Jeffrey / Frankel, Harris   77 75 +8
39 Russell, SI / Putney, Jeff   75 80 +11
40 Baumann, Bruce / Barlow, Stephen   80 76 +12

***** Senior Division *****

  Team   Rd.1 Rd.2 Par
1 Remington, Jeff / Richards, Bruce   69 68 -7
2 Heldmar, Bill / Brown, Roger   65 73 -6
3 Patterson, Cary / Craven, Mike   70 69 -5
4 Hullender, Bob / Lefferdink, Van   73 68 -3
5 Dobbs, Bill / Walker, John   70 72 -2
T6 Hutton, Jerry / Carroll, J David   71 72 -1
T6 Nelson, Clint / Coates, Tom   72 71 -1
8 Maletis, Chris / Greenbaum, Jerry   69 75 Even
T9 Ellis, Jerry / Patterson, Phil   73 72 +1
T9 White, Phil / Seaman, Gary   74 71 +1
T9 Sharpe, Allen / Mahoney, Michael   71 74 +1
T12 Post, Charlie / Mohr, Wes   74 72 +2
T12 McCarty, Russell / Wheeler, James   74 72 +2
T12 Hotchkiss, Jim / Quinlivan, Jack   74 72 +2
T15 Thompson, Steve / Bettis, Harry   73 74 +3
T15 Devlin, Tom / Toalson, Bill   73 74 +3
T15 Hatchett, Steve / Sica, Nick   71 76 +3
T15 Klumok, Maury / Hikes, Charles   74 73 +3
19 Wilkinson, Hank / Thalhuber, Gary   74 74 +4
20 Howe, Bob / Hardin, Gary   76 73 +5
21 Clevenger, Jack / Curran, Terry   75 75 +6
22 McClintock, Rich / Smazal, Stan   78 73 +7
T23 Gray, Downing / Sisco, A B   75 77 +8
T23 Bowsher, Steve / Griffin, Edward   77 75 +8
T23 Vickers, Jim / Frost, Jim   78 74 +8
26 Fouke, Bob / Baker, Jerry   73 81 +10

 

 

ABOUT THE Trans-Miss Four-Ball

One of three annual championships hosted each year by the historic Trans-Mississippi Golf Association. Each player must be a member of a Trans-Mississippi member club, but not necessarily the same club. Players who do not belong to a Trans-Miss member club can speak to their club's manager or board of directors to encourage them to join (dues are very reasonable and support the Trans-Miss Turf Scholarship Fund). Alternatively, entrants may make a contribution in lieu of club membership to the Turf Scholarship Fund.

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