Texas State Am: Birdsey, Moore tied for lead
CARROLLTON, Texas (June 16, 2012) -- Blue skies and hot summer temperatures welcomed the field to the second round of the 103rd Texas Amateur Championship presented by Insperity. Even with such short notice, The Honors Golf Club, in Carrollton, has provided a formidable challenge for the players. Heading into the final round, Thomas Birdsey and Tom Moore head a crowded leaderboard of those battling to hoist the H.L. Edwards Memorial Trophy.

Entering the second round at 4-under par, Trophy Club’s Thomas Birdsey was able to make his way up the leaderboard during the morning wave with birdies on the par five 6th and the par three 8th holes. With two bogeys on the following holes, Birdsey again set his sights on red figures with three straight birdies on holes 13, 14 and 15. A bogey on the par five 16th hole was offset with a birdie on the 18th hole to finish at 3-under par 68 (35-33) and a two round total of 7-under par 135 for the Wake Forest golfer.

College Station’s Jordan Russell found himself one stroke off of the lead at 6-under par 136 after a morning round score of 2-under par 69 (34-35). Russell, who played his college golf at Texas A&M, was able to make three birdies on the opening nine, while carding one bogey. His back nine consisted of five pars, two birdies and two bogeys.

First round leader Paul McConnell followed his 7-under par 64 with a 2-over par 73 to find himself two back of Birdsey at 5-under par 137.

Tom Moore, who began the afternoon two strokes off the first round lead at 5-under par 66, made his way to the top of the leaderboard with Birdsey when the second round concluded. Moore, of San Antonio, made the turn at 1-over par 37 from a bogey on the par three 12th hole. Moore proceeded to go birdie hunting on his back nine with birdies on the 5th, 6th, and 9th holes to turn in a 2-under par 69 (32-37). Moore will enter the final round tied atop the leaderboard with Thomas Birdsey with a two-day total of 7-under par 135.

Michael Smith, of Cedar Park, continued his steady play during the afternoon wave of the second round with a 3-under par 68 (34-34). Smith, who recently defended his State Public Links title, began on the back nine and recorded eight pars and a birdie on the par four 14th hole to turn at 1-under par. The Stephen F. Austin product was able to make three birdies and one bogey on his second nine.

There are twelve players within five strokes of Birdsey and Moore’s lead heading into Sunday.

The final round will begin with 62 players vying for the Texas Amateur title at 8:00am off of the 1st and 10th tees.

ABOUT THE Texas Amateur

72 hole medal play walking-only championship first played in 1906. At the completion of 36 holes the field is cut to the low 54 and ties plus all players within 10 strokes of the lead.

18-hole qualifying rounds are held throughout the state for players not otherwise exempt into the tournament proper. Visit the Texas Golf Assocation website for qualifier information.

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