LAKE WALES, Fla. (April 11, 2012) -- A J Kroeger will take a two-stroke advantage heading into the final round of play in the 51st Senior Amateur Championship at Lake Wales Country Club in Lake Wales. The final round will begin at 8:00 am on Wednesday, April 12.
A J Kroeger, from Apopka, continued his solid play in the second round firing his second consecutive round of three-under par 69. Kroeger will take a two stroke lead into the final round after posting a two round total of six-under par 138. Joe Knight, of Santa Rosa Beach, moved into second place after an impressive second round of three-under par 69, to put him at four-under par for the Championship. Robert Hess, of Casselberry, is currently alone in third place after rounds of 70-71. The Defending Champion Jim Carley, of Ormond Beach, is currently is tied for 9th place, with a two round total of one-over par 145. Other past Champions in the mix include the 2004 Champion, Bruce Scamehorn, of Winter Haven, who is currently tied for 6th place and the 2007 Champion, Rick Woulfe, of Fort Lauderdale, who is currently tied for 9th place. Sixty-two players advanced to the final round of play with a two-round total of 151.
Since the number of entries received has always surpassed the capacity of the Championship, a qualifying stage was instituted in 2005. While 57 players earned exempt status through a variety of different means, more than 300 participants attempted to qualify at one of seven sites across the state, as competitors played 18 holes of stroke play hoping to advance to the Championship. Participants must be 55 or older to participate in the Championship. Players who advanced to the Championship compete in 54 holes of stroke play with a cut to the low 60 and ties after 36 holes.
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