PASADENA, Calif. (Aug. 25, 2012) -- Beginning the day one stroke off the lead, Brookside GC member Dan Sullivan put on a show Saturday, firing a 6-under par 64 to find himself atop the 2012 SCGA Public Links Championship scoreboard heading into the event's final round. The top 34 competitors advanced to Sunday, as the cut line fell at +5.
Sullivan, who recorded a solid score of 3-under par 69 on Saturday, blazed through Brookside's No. 2 course Sunday. After a respectable front nine of 2-under par, the 2012 SCGA Foursomes champ opened his back nine with back-to-back birdies on the short 169-yard 10th hole and the lengthy 548-yard par 5 11th hole. He then went on to birdie holes 14-16 before recording his only bogey of the round on the par 4 17th hole.
Defending champion and first-round leader Tim Hogarth, who is looking to win the event for the fourth time, gave himself quite the hill to climb with a rough outing Saturday. After a bogey-free round of 4-under par Friday, the 5-time SCGA Mid-Am champion carded a 2-over par 72 to put himself seven strokes off the lead heading into Sunday.
Kevin Fitzgerald of Riverside, who entered the day tied with Sullivan in second place, remains there after a second-round score of 4-under par 66. He remains in contention for the title, as the former UC Riverside golfer will enter the final day of action just two strokes off the lead.
Recovering from a rough outing Friday and finding himself within the cut line was Sullivan's Foursomes partner and fellow Brookside member Mark Miller, who bested his first-round score of 76 with a Saturday score of 1-under par 69. Also recovering to advance to Sunday's round was SCGA tournament regular and Univ. of Penn golfer Maxwell Marsico, who has now recorded rounds of 78 and 67 for a two-day total of 3-over par 145.
Brittany Mai, the only female in the field of more than 100 golfers, missed the cut in what was her first SCGA event. The Northwestern golfer, who admitted after Friday's round to being nervous in her first event playing with the guys, carded respectable rounds of 82 and 76. "I definitely hope to play in more SCGA events in the future," she said. Her brother, 16-year-old Brandon, bested his older sister this weekend, making the cut with rounds of 75 and 68 to sit in the tournament's top 20.Saturday also marked the start of the net portion of the competition, which will also wrap up Sunday. Robert Parker, a member of Journey at Pechanga, leads at the halfway mark of the event after a Saturday score of 5-under par 67 on Brookside's #1 course.
Sunday's final-round action will begin at 7 a.m.