Collier, Knopp extend lead to six at Trans-Miss Four-Ball
SANTA FE, N.M. (Sept 9, 2014) -- Dr. Brad Kropp and Clark Collier (pictured) stuck to the gameplan Tuesday and increased their lead in the Championship Division at the 34th playing of the Trans-Mississippi Four-Ball Championship.

In much windier conditions than Monday, the Sunrise Course at The Club at Las Campanas played tougher in the second round. Kropp and Collier were up to the task on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course and partnered for an 8-under-par 64. Playing two different styles of golf -- the older Kropp is shorter off the tee and steady; Collier is much longer and not always as straight -- they combined for nine birdies, including four straight to finish the day.

"I made a lot of putts today," Collier said. "I had a few 'Xs' on the scorecard, too. But Doc took care of me when I was in my pocket."

With rounds of 66-64 for a 14-under 130 total, Kropp and Collier pushed their lead to six shots in the Championship Division. The Amarillo, Texas, team of Ralph Ellis and Zack Norrell shot a 67 and sit in second place at 8-under 136. Mark Mance from Whitefish, Mont., and Jim Coleman from Billings, Mont., share third place with Oklahoma City's Jeff Oakes and Johnson Cooper at 7-under 137.

Mance and Coleman combined for a 5-under 67 in the second round. Oakes and Johnson teamed for a 4- under 68.

Fourteen teams in the Championship Division made the 36-hole at 1-under 143.

In the Senior Division, the first round leaders also put more room between themselves and the field. Herb Fisher from The Woodlands, Texas, and Doug Pool from Las Vegas shot a 4-under 68 to stay out in front. Through 36 holes, they've posted 12-under 132, good for a five-shot lead over four teams.

Against a lone bogey, Fisher and Pool made three birdies and an eagle on the 347-yard par-4 14th hole. The duo, playing together for the first time in the Trans-Miss Four-Ball, made eight birdies Monday on their way to an opening round 64.

With one round to play, Fisher and Pool lead the teams of Robert McDonald III from Austin, Texas, and Les Devitt from Scottsdale, Ariz.; Jay Pumphrey from Georgetown, Texas, and Dave Clement from Evansville, Ind.; Lee Sandlin and Warren Huddleston from Dallas and four-time Trans-Miss Four-Ball champions Eddie Lyons from Shreveport and John Pigg from Bee Cave, Texas. All four teams are 7- under 137 through 36 holes.

Eleven teams in the Senior Division made the 36-hole cut at 2-under 142.

In the Super Senior Division, Steve Dallas and Edward Smith from Mesa, Ariz., turned in a bogey- free, 5-under 67 to reach 12-under 132 for the tournament. They lead Bob Fouke from Broken Arrow, Okla., and Gerry Graham from Mesa, Ariz., by four shots headed into the final round.

Fouke and Graham also played without a bogey during their round of 3-under 69.

Nine teams in the Super Senior Division made the 36- hole cut at 1-over 145.

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One of four annual championships hosted each year by the historic Trans-Mississippi Golf Association. Each player must be a member of a Trans-Mississippi member club, but not necessarily the same club. Players who do not belong to a Trans-Miss member club can speak to their club's manager or board of directors to encourage them to join (dues are very reasonable and support the Trans-Miss Turf Scholarship Fund). Alternatively, entrants may make a contribution in lieu of club membership to the Turf Scholarship Fund.

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