New York takes USGA State Team lead
Mike Miller
Mike Miller

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (Sept. 20, 2012) -- Team New York rallied on Day 2 at the 2012 USGA State Team Championship and heads into Friday's final round with a one shot lead.

New York was five shots back of first-round leader North Carolina after Wednesday's opening round but went low with an even-par 71 from Max Buckley and a 2-under 69 from Michael Miller. The duo's scores were good enough for a second-round 140 and a one shot lead at 145-140--285 through two days at Galloway National.

One shot behind New York is the team from Iowa, which received a 1-under 70 from Dennis Bull and a 1-over 72 from Gene Elloiot in Round 2 to bounce back after trailing the leader by four after Wednesday's opening round.

Pennsylvania, which features recently-crowned U.S. Mid-Am champion Nathan Smith, is three shots behind the leaders at 288. Smith shot an even-par 71 Thursday while Sean Knapp posted a 2-over 73.

North Carolina, which held the first-round lead is now in a 10th place tie. After getting a 2-under 69 from Bruce Woodall and an even-par 71 from Paul Simson in Round 1, the Tar Heel state struggled with a 75 from Scott Harvey and Simson's 80 on Day 2.

The final round begins Friday morning. Stay tuned for updates as soon as scores are posted.

Results For U.S. Men's State Team Championship
1CAMichael MillerFresno, CA70072-69-68=209
T2FLJon VenezianoMount Dora, FL50074-73-70=217
T2PASean KnappOakmont, PA50072-73-72=217
T4CAAndrew BiggadikeBelmont, CA40075-73-70=218
T4IAJon OlsonAnkeny, IA40070-75-73=218

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ABOUT THE USGA Men's State Team

The USGA State Team Championships grew out of the Association's Centennial Celebration in 1995, and have been held on an every-other- year basis since. 52 men’s teams (including teams from Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia) compete for the trophy named in honor of former USGA President James Hand. Fifty women’s teams compete for the trophy named for past USGA President Judy Bell.

State golf associations select three of their top non-college amateurs to represent them in this biennial team championship. The top two scores of the three players count toward the team total for each of the three days.

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