Lance leads by one at the Texas South Mid-AM
San Antonio, TX (March 24, 2012) -- Fog and misty conditions greeted the field Saturday morning for the second round of the 2012 South Mid-Amateur Championship, played on the North Course of The Club at Sonterra in San Antonio. The sun finally broke through as play concluded during the early afternoon, which saw Randy Lance take a one stroke lead over Jeff New and Mike Booker heading into Sunday’s final round.

Lance, of The Woodlands, will head into Sunday’s final round after a second round score of 2-over par 74. Lance started the day off with a birdie on the opening par five 1st hole. A bogey on the 2nd hole was soon erased with three straight birdies on holes 4-6. A second bogey on the par four 7th hole was followed by two pars to make the turn at 2- under par 34.

Lance started his back nine with a par on the par three 10th hole, before picking up three straight bogeys on holes 11-13. The 2006 and 2010 South Mid-Amateur Champion was able to run off a string of pars before giving one stroke back with a bogey on the par four 18th hole. Lance will head into the final round at 3- over par 147 (73-74).

Sitting just one stroke back at 4-over par 148 is first round leader Jeff New and Mike Booker, both of The Woodlands.

New, who carded four birdies in his opening round of even par 72, was only able to muster one birdie during his second round. Starting on the backside, New found trouble with bogeys on four of the last five holes to make the turn at 4-over par 40. A birdie on the par three 3rd hole was cancelled out with a bogey on his second-to-last hole of the day, the par four 8th hole. New finished the day at 4-over par 76 (40-36).

Mike Booker, the 2005 South Mid-Amateur Champion, had an up and down day en route to a 3-over par 75. A front side that saw Booker card only one par, that coming on the par four 7th hole, also saw four birdies and four bogeys to turn at even par 36. His back nine included two bogeys and a double bogey, before recording a birdie on the par four 16th hole for a 3-over par 39.

Austin’s Kody King and Blanton Hansen, of League City, find themselves two strokes off of Lance’s lead at 5-over par 149 heading into the final round. After an opening round of 6- over par 78, King was able to rattle off a 1- under par 71 in his second round. Hansen, one half of the team from the 2008 State Four- Ball Championship that claimed victory on the very same North Course, shot a 3-over par 75 during his second round.

ABOUT THE Texas South Mid-Amateur

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who are 25 years of age or older by the tournament start date and residing in the South Texas region as defined by the Texas PGA Sections (South of 31 degree parallel, Salado TX and south is break point). Applicants must have a certified USGA Handicap Index of 8.4 or less. Format: 54 holes Stroke Play. No Cut. Field limit: 84 players.

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