Maine Amateur: Gay leads after second round

FALMOUTH, Maine (July 13, 2011) -- After two rain showers, Mother Nature finally decided to have her say in what's going on at the Maine Amateur Championships. She decided that, with but four groups remaining, play needed to be delayed so she provided a thunder storm that delayed play by an hour.

But the second round is finally done and the cut for tomorrow's round stands at 153 and 44 players have advanced.

As we head into tomorrow's final round, one thing is certain: The red pen's not going to run out of ink this week...

Ryan Gay equalled his first-round score of 69 in today's second round to take a commanding lead. Gay is the only red number in the totals column at two-under-par 138. Craig Briggs had the only other round under par today as his score of 69 moved him into fourth place.

Gay has a three-shot lead over last year's runner up Jason Gall. Gall combined yesterday's one-under-par round of 69 with today's 72 -- thanks to a pair of bogeys on 17 and 18 -- to finish with a two day total of 141.

JJ Harris has a hold on third place as he added a 72 today to yesterday's 70. The three will tee off last tomorrow at Portland with a 10 am tee time. In all 44 players -- or 16 tee times -- will play tomorrow and, by virtue of having made the cut, will also advance to next year's Amateur Championship at Sunday River.


...In the group with the best turnaround scores, the 11:20 group made up 21 shots on their yesterday's scores as Curt Jordan went 82-71 and Ben Estabrook went 91-82. Even Jack Wyman who was a very respectable 75 yesterday added to the improvement with a 74 today...

...Jordan's turnaround came despite the fact that he had to wait nearly 10 minutes for a ruling on his 9th hole when his second shot ended up on the cart path next to the first tee. The drop area couldn't be determined because of nearby flowers, but eventually he was allowed to drop on the first tee. MSGA administration wouldn't let him him hit out of the flowers of course!..

... MSGA 94-year-old Rules Official Dr. Leon Buck had to leave the tournament due to a minor health issue on Wednesday, albeit reluctantly. He called to let everyone know that he's okay, but would rather be on the seventh hole at Portland. It's his favorite hole in the state to officiate...

... While Sable Oaks had the most players from any one club qualify with 12, it's the Augusta Country Club that's producing the most players at the top of the leaderboard. Gay and Gall both play out of Augusta, although Gall has home club advantage as he is a member at Portland as well. Mark Plummer is also in the 16th spot and will make the cut, making three players from that club. Sable Oaks is projected to have four players make the cut with yesterday's leader Mike Doran leading the way. Woodlands and Val Halla also have three players each projected to advance...

...One struggling player really had it bad on the fifth hole when he accidentally drove through a bunker while looking out the side of his cart for his ball. While MSGA officials correctly ruled that he had a two-stroke penalty for improving his line of play when he raked the bunker, MSGA administration wondered if a disqualification penalty was in order for not properly taking care of the golf course. The player, however, was contrite and it was ruled as an unfortunate accident for which no penalties were assessed -- although Admin definitely hopes they don't see something as bizarre happen again! As does Portland Super JB Christie...

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