Missouri Amateur: Luo leads after Round 2

AUGUSTA, Missouri (June 22, 2011) -- It was an otherwise beautiful day to be on the golf course. However, the substantial intermittent gusts of wind made for a challenging second round at the Missouri Amateur Championship. Matt Miller, always a contender in this event shot 72, thereafter finding it to be one of the lowest scores of the day.

According to Matt, solid contact was required on each and every shot due to the windy conditions. Matt had a rough start to the day after a shank on hole 1 into the tall grass, but he said “he slowed down and reminded himself that with today’s conditions he just had to keep the big numbers to a minimum.”

Ryan Marks, who ended today’s round with 74, tied with Miller, both missing Medalist by one shot. That honor went to Andrew Luo… 144 at the end of the 36-hole stroke play qualifying rounds. Ryan commented about his day on the course saying “I had a couple of doubles I wish I could get back, but I hung in there and made birdies when I had to. Also, I made a few more putts that I didn’t make yesterday.”

The match play portion of the tournament starts tomorrow with a field of 64 players, 32 matches. Marks noted, “I am excited for match play. It’s more a competition against the player rather than the course.” Wilson Sundvold, who is going on to play for the University of Missouri as a freshman next year, said “Boone Valley is a challenging course.

It is frustrating to play, but I feel that I have been well tested when finished.” He should feel that way after shooting 76 for the day and 149 at the end of stroke play.

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