WESTMINSTER, Colo. (May 4, 2013) -- Eric Hallberg of Colorado Golf Club and Connor Klein of Lone Tree Golf Club shot a 7-under-par 64 Saturday to grab a one-stroke lead in the CGA Four-Ball Championship at Legacy Ridge Golf Course in Westminster.
Meanwhile, at the concurrent CGA Senior Four-Ball at Todd Creek Golf Club in Thornton, Bob Cloud and Hal Marshall of Bear Creek Golf Club, and Larry Netherton and Kelly Crone of Highlands Ranch Golf Club fired 4-under-par 68s to share the lead at the halfway point.
Hallberg, son of Champions Tour player Gary Hallberg, qualified for the U.S. Amateur last year, while Klein has competed in the U.S. Junior Amateur in the past. They made seven birdies in their bogey-free round in the scratch two-man best-ball format.
University of Denver men's golf coach Eric Hoos and Tom Krystyn share second place at 65 going into Sunday's final round with University of Colorado golfer Derek Fribbs and Steve Kass, and Alex Kephart and Nick Tarasiewicz.
Defending champions Jon Lindstrom and Dean Clapp are five strokes off the pace following their 69 on Saturday.
In the Senior Four-Ball at Todd Creek, Netherton and Crone are attempting to win the title for the second time as they prevailed in 2009. They tied for third place last year. Marshall qualified for the U.S. Senior Amateur in 2012.
Three teams share third place at 69 after Saturday's round: Jeff Sweet and Daryl Fengler, Frank Wilkinson and Carter Mathies, and Art Cudworth and Scott Crone. Defending champions Jerry Kidney and Daniel Dymerski opened with a 75.
Both championships -- the CGA's first of 2013 -- originally were scheduled to be 54-hole events, but the snowstorm of earlier in the week caused Friday's rounds to be canceled and the tournaments to be shortened to 36 holes. They'll both conclude on Sunday.
Based on the popularity of the four-ball events, the CGA this year opted to hold the tournaments on separate courses, instead of at one site like in past years. More than 100 players are in each field this weekend.
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