Matson/Houvener go low, take PNGA Sr. Team lead
SUNRIVER, Ore. (Sept. 20, 2012) -- Playing the second round in the Chapman format, Paul Houvener of Bothell, Wash. and Rob Matson of Wenatchee, Wash. broke open a crowded leaderboard and surged into the lead with a 9-under-par 62 on Thursday during the 30th Pacific Northwest Men’s Senior Team Championship on the Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort.

After entering the second round trailing first round leaders Jim McNelis and Larry Gilhuly, both from Gig Harbor, Wash., Houvener and Matson quickly made their move with a birdie on the par-5 second hole and did not look back, ultimately making seven birdies on the day, as well as an eagle on the par-5 10th hole. They made the turn at 3-under-par 32, then really caught fire on the back nine. The eagle on 10, coupled with birdies on 11, 12, 16, and 17, were good enough for a 6-under-par 30 that saw the pair separate themselves from the field. The 62 was the low round of the day by five strokes and it gave them a six stroke lead over the team of Keith Best and Hank Chafin of Pasco, Wash. entering Friday’s final round.

Best and Chafin held the clubhouse lead early in the day after posting a solid 4-under-par 67 that included five birdies to only one bogey. Their two-day total of 8-under-par 135 puts them six strokes off the lead and one stroke clear of Gilhuly and McNelis, who sit alone in third place at 7-under-par 136 for the championship. The first round leaders struggled out of the gates with bogeys on the first three holes, but they went 3-under-par the rest of the way to finish at even-par 71 for the day and remain in the hunt.


54-hole Stroke Play Competition (Gross and Net). Play will be contested over two different golf courses (one round on the Cascade Course and two rounds on the Olympic Course) using a different format on each day (Four-Ball, Chapman, and Four-Ball), Two-person teams with the field separated into two equal flights based on team handicap.

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