Joe Ida leads The Tom Watson Challenge
09 Jun 2012
see also: The Watson Challenge, Shadow Glen Golf Club

MISSION HILLS, Kan. (June 9, 2012) -- Indian Hills Country Club – After thirty-six holes of play in the 2012 Watson Challenge, six players stand at even par or better. Two men set new scoring records on a perfect day for golf. Second round leader Joe Ida and Joseph Winslow set a new record for a single 18 hole round in the Watson Challenge with six under 64s. Ida’s two day total of 134 also breaks the previous 36 hole total of 136 set by Tom Watson at Kansas City Country Club in 2010. Joe Ida now has eleven birdies over the first 36 holes and carded only one bogey today for to complete his record setting round. Ida, a former KSU wildcat, has the perfect game for Indian Hills. While not particularly long, Ida’s ability to hit precise approach shots has been vital to attack the tricky greens of Indian Hills Country Club.

In second place is Joseph Winslow, at four under, 136. Winslow is coming off his excellent play at NCAA Nationals just two weeks ago at Riviera Country Club where he finished tied for 13th. Winslow will be entering his sophomore season for the Hawkeye golf program in the fall.

The events namesake, Tom Watson rallied during Saturday’s round, but now has a deficit of seven shots to make up if he wants to capture his fifth straight Watson Challenge title. “I had a hard time getting the ball to the hole today,” said Watson. “But if I can make some putts tomorrow, I think I might be able to test these kids.”

The final round of the Watson Challenge begins tomorrow at 7:30 am with the leaders beginning at 10:00 am. Mr. Watson will start play in the 9:40 am starting time.

ABOUT THE The Watson Challenge

The Watson Challenge, founded in 2007, is the vision of Tom Watson who came to the Kansas City Golf Association with the purpose of determining the best player in the greater Kansas City golf community while raising money for area charities. The Watson Challenge has a field of 48 players, which is comprised of the best professionals and amateurs living in the greater Kansas City golf community.

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