ABILENE, Tex. (July 16, 2011) -– Another day of temperatures eclipsing 100 degrees did not deter players from firing low numbers during the 2nd round of the Texas Golf Association’s 2011 West Texas Amateur Championship hosted by Abilene Country Club’s Fairway Course.
Brenden Redfern holds a five-stroke lead in the Open division, while Aaron Billings and Tom Doughtie stand tied atop the Senior division. Coy Jones enters the Super Senior division with a slim one-stroke lead. The final round sets up for exciting finishes across all divisions.
Austin’s Brenden Redfern stormed out of the gates to start the 2nd round to climb atop of the leaderboard in the Open division. The current Arizona Wildcat golfer continued a nearly flawless West Texas Amateur by compiling 12 birdies and a lone bogey after two rounds. Opening with a first round 3-under par 69, Redfern scorched the Fairway Course with an 8-under par 64. He heads into tomorrow’s final round at 11-under par with rounds of 69-64—133.
Starting the 2nd round on the 10th hole, Redfern carded birdies on the first two holes, a par four and par three, respectively. His hot play continued with a birdies on the par five 14th, the par three 16th and to close out his front nine, the par five 18th hole. The Austin product kept his foot on the gas pedal on his back side with back-to-back birdies on the par five 3rd hole and the par three 4th hole. Just for good measures, Redfern notched his final birdie of the day on the par four 7th hole.
Nathan Anderson, of Burleson, did his best trying to keep up with Redfern, by firing a 4-under par 68 in his second round. Starting on the 10th hole, Anderson parred his first eleven holes. It was on the par five 3rd hole that Anderson recorded his first of two consecutive birdies. Anderson strung together four more pars before finishing his round with an eagle on the par five 9th hole. His two-day total of 70-68—138 have Anderson sitting five shots back at 6-under par.
The Senior division is shaping up for a fantastic finish. Sitting tied for the lead heading into the final round at even-par 144 are Aaron Billings, of Horseshoe Bay, and Amarillo’s Tom Doughtie. Both players ended day one two shots back at even-par 72.
Billings carded two birdies and two bogeys in his second round, with one of each coming on his front nine and back nine. Doughtie, a three-time Open division champion, as well as the defending Senior division champion, recorded a birdie and bogey on his front side. On his finishing nine holes, the Amarillo native coupled two birdies with two bogeys.
Coy Jones, of Longview, holds a narrow one-stroke lead heading into the final round in the Super Senior division over Waxahachie’s Michael Hastings, the defending Super Senior division champion. Jones bested his opening round 76 with a 3-over par 75 to carry a two round total of 76-75—151. Hastings, who opened with a 3-over par 75 in the first round, took a small step back with a 2nd round score of 5-over par 77 for a two round total of 75-77—152.
The shot of the day came from Beaumont’s Brock Wilson on the par three 8th hole. With the Open division tees set at 184 yards, Wilson hit a high fade with his 7-iron to approximately ten feet past the hole. Wilson and his fellow competitors watched as the ball began to trickle back, before coming to rest at the bottom of the hole. Congratulations go out to Brock Wilson for his hole-in-one.