Schnitzer (61) nearly matches Meadow Club record at Trans-Miss Amateur
Johnathan Schnitzer
Johnathan Schnitzer

FAIRFAX, CA (July 9, 2013) -- Johnathan Schnitzer of Houston nearly matched the course record of 60 at the historic Meadow Club on Tuesday, firing 61 to take an early 4 stroke lead at the Trans-Miss Amateur. Schnitzer, starting on the back nine, went out in 32 and punctuated his first nine with birdies on Nos. 17 and 18. Heading to the front side, he made it four in a row with birdies on Nos. 1 and 2, then added another two at the downhill, dogleg right 4th and the 194-yard par 3 fifth. There were no bogeys on the card for Schnitzer, a relatively unheralded redshirt junior on the University of Texas golf team. He is trailed by a trio at 65 that includes Trevor Simsby of Carlsbad, Austin Cook of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and the top ranked player in the field, University of California standout Max Homa. TOURNAMENT PREVIEW Preparations for the 110th Trans-Mississippi amateur golf championship, presented by TaylorMade-Adidas, set for Tuesday through Thursday, July 9-11, at the historic Meadow Club in Fairfax are nearly complete, with 144 of the country's top male golfers ready to compete for one of amateur golf's most prestigious titles.

The field of golfers will include Cal NCAA champion, first team All American and U.S. Open participant Max Homa along with defending champion Tyler Raber from UC- Davis and Stanford's Jim Liu, a former U.S. Junior Champion .

Practice rounds begin Monday at famed architect Alister Mackenzie's first American design, 40 miles North of San Francisco. The tournament, on the par 71 course measuring 6,734 yards, begins Tuesday, July 9 and concludes with a 36-hole final on Thursday, July 11. All rounds are free and open to the public and media.

Among the other top players entered are USC's Sam Smith, currently ranked 47th in the country in the amateur rankings, along with Fresno 's Bryson DeChambeau, who won Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors at SMU and is ranked #62 in the country. Last year's third-place finisher Austin Cook of Jonesboro , Arkansas is also returning. Also entered is USC student Daniel Trevino, the son of World Golf Hall of Famer Lee Trevino.

There has not been a repeat champion at the Trans-Miss, coming to California for the first time since 2004, since Allen Miller won in 1968-70. Jack Nicklaus also won back-to-back in 1958-59. Other winners include PGA Tour stars Ben Crenshaw, Deane Beman, Bob Tway and Mark Brooks.

Results: Trans-Miss Championship
1CABryson DeChambeauClovis, CA90065-65-67-69--266
T2CAJeremy SandersChatsworth, CA70068-69-66-68--271
T2ARAustin CookAR70065-69-67-70--271
T4OKCharlie SaxonTulsa, OK50071-69-66-66--272
T4CAMax HomaValencia, CA50065-70-67-70--272

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ABOUT THE Trans-Miss Championship

**Cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Trans-Miss is one of the oldest and most storied golf tournaments in the United States. For 106 years the championship was played in a match play format. Past champions include Jack Nicklaus (1958 and 1959), Charles Coe (1947, 1949, 1952 and 1956), Deane Beman (1960), George Archer (1963), Ben Crenshaw (1972), Gary Koch (1973), Bob Tway (1978), Mark Brooks (1978) and other professional tour notables. In 1987 the championship was changed to a mid- amateur age requirement, and a senior division was also added. Starting in 2010, the Trans- Mississippi Championship, returned to its roots as an open amateur tournament, and immediately established itself as a "must-play" among top collegiate and mid-am players, while changing to a 72-hole stroke play format. The field size starts at 144 players from Trans- Mississippi Golf Association member clubs (or players receiving a special invitation from the Championship Committee). After 36 holes, a cut is made to the low 54 and ties who play the final two rounds.

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