THE WOODLANDS, TX (May 13, 2009) – Mid-Am contestants Brady Exber of Las Vegas, NV and Shane Heise of The Woodlands, TX finished atop the leader board with a two round total of 147. First round co-leader Kevin Marsh finished one stroke back at 148. Six other players are within three strokes of the lead. John Pigg, of Austin, TX posted a 74 to capture a one shot lead in the Senior Division over Hunter Nelson of Houston, TX. Three other Senior Division players are within three strokes of the lead including defending Senior Division Champion John Grace who turned in the low round of the day at 71.
Brady Exber managed to fight off the wind to post one of the three low rounds for the day in the Mid-Am Division with a 73. He started the day with four straight pars before getting his first bogey on the 5th hole. Turning the front nine at two over par for the day, the winds did not seem to bother him too much. Exber made birdie on the 11th and 12th holes before giving two shots back on the 15th, and 16th holes. Exber birdied the 18th hole to finish at one over par for the day and tied for the lead.
Shane Heise, who made a hole-in-one yesterday, played steady golf but could not get the putter started early. Heise made bogeys on 2, 6, and 9 to turn at 39. After hitting a good drive on the 10th, he flew the ball over the green and ended up making double bogey. He came back on the 11th and 12th holes with birdies and made a number of key putts coming in to save par. He bogeyed the 17th hole and was looking at problems after landing his 2nd shot into the lateral water hazard on the 18th hole. Standing 108 yards from the pin, he took a drop and knocked it to within 3 feet and made his putt to save par. “I really thought I could make that shot” said Heise. “It was the perfect distance and anytime you get to drop the ball the perfect distance into the fairway it’s great. I’m very happy with today. My 76 today is every bit as good as my 71 yesterday” Heise added.
In the Senior Division, first round leader John Pigg did not let the wind bother him. Pigg birdied the 2nd hole to open up a three shot lead but slipped with bogies on the 6th and 7th. Pigg eagled the 8th hole to turn front nine at 35. The difficult conditions took its toll on the back nine as Pigg made bogies on the 11th, 12th and 16th holes to finish the day at 74 and 146 for the tournament. Hunter Nelson, who played with Pigg, posted a 74 bringing his two-day total to 147. Nelson made a single birdie on the 8th but stayed away from big numbers everywhere else. He made bogey on the 4th, 9th, and 13th holes. “Every shot was a battle. The ball was almost wobbly on the greens and I was afraid to ground the club for fear of the ball moving. I’m very pleased with 74 in that wind. I can’t believe Grace shot 71 – that’s incredible in these conditions” said Nelson. John Grace and Fred Clark are tied for 3rd two strokes back at 149 for the two rounds.
The final round will begin at 8:00 tomorrow with the leaders going of the number 1 tee on the Nicklaus Course. The Club at Carlton Woods is hosting the 4th Annual Carlton Invitational Tournament in the private, gated community of Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas.