JUNO BEACH, Fla. — Mike McCoy, the two-time winner of the George L. Coleman Amateur Invitational, posted his second consecutive round in the 60s at Seminole Golf Club to take a three-shot lead over Arnold Cutrell heading into Saturday's final round.
McCoy, who made national headlines with his 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur victory, posted 69 on Thursday before going one stroke lower on Friday to inch closer to his third Coleman title. McCoy captured the 2011 and 2013 tournaments.
There have only been four rounds under 70 put up on the leaderboard through the first two rounds, with McCoy's accounting for half of them. 2014 Crump Cup winner Michael Muehr shot 69, as well, on Friday and now sits in fourth place six shots back. Brett Williams' 68 was the lowest round of the day, and marked a 16-stroke recovery from his 84 in round one.
Cutrell, from Greensburg, Pa., is sitting in second place with back-to-back rounds of 70. Jeff Knox of Augusta, Ga. is in third with a pair of 71s, one ahead of Muehr. Aaron Hickman and Stephen Anderson round out the top-five. Hickman, of Texas, and Anderson, of Florida, both posted 72 in each round to sit at 144.
Defending champion Pat Christovich is tied for ninth place after rebounding with 72 on Friday.
In the Senior Division, Paul Simson of Raleigh, N.C. leads by two over four players tied for second place, including the first round leader Vinny Giles. Simson has rounds of 72 and 71 while Doug Hanzel, Bryan Norton, Brady Exber, as well as Giles, sit at 145.
Two seniors broke 70 on Friday, including 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur winner Pat Tallent, who shot 69 to grab seventh place through two rounds. Chip Lutz of Pennsylvania carded the lowest score of the day in this division, a 68, after shooting 83 on day one.
ABOUT THE Coleman Invitational
One of the very best amateur events all year
long played on the last great private course
designed by Donald Ross. The course, not long
today's standards, lies hard by the Atlantic
Ocean. Oceanic winds and very fast greens
this course teeth. Ben Hogan once said 'If you
can play Seminole, you can play any course in
The tournament is a 54-hole stroke play invitational
that draws an elite field of mid-
amateurs and seniors.
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