It's to close to call at the Orlando International Amateur
Hugo Bernard <br>(Golf Canada Photo)
Hugo Bernard
(Golf Canada Photo)

ORLANDO, FL (December 29, 2016) -- After beginning the day tied for the lead Team Canada member Hugo Bernard now leads with 18-holes remaining at the Orlando International Amateur. Playing Panther Lake Golf Course at the Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge Bernard moved to 7-under with a 1-under-par 71 day two tally and he will head into the final day ahead of two others by two shots.

Starting on the backside Bernard birdied his opening hole but then struggled with bogeys on the 12th, 15th and 17th holes to fall to 2-over for the day and 4-under for the tournament. Looking for a spark to turn his day around the NCAA Division II Individual champion from a year found one with a birdie on No. 18 and he then fought has way back to 1-under for the day with second and seventh hole tweeters.

Sharing second place at 5-under are North Carolina sophomore Ben Griffin and Colorado junior Spencer Painton.

Smith, a two-time All-ACC Honor Roll member, put together a second round 4-under 68 to follow up a 1-under 71 in the first round. The second round for Smith included five birdies and two bogeys. Starting on No. 10 Smith birdied three straight from 16-18.

For the Colorado product it was a 2-under 70 round that pushed him to 5-under. Painton started with a bogey on the 10th before rebounding with birdies on each of the next two holes. Overall the round included five birdies and three bogeys.

Rounding out the top-5 are Adria Arnaus (Texas A&M) and Stefano Mazzoli (TCU). The duo sits at 4-under in a share of fourth.

In total 13 players will tee off in Friday's final round within five-strokes of the lead. That final round will include the top-45 players and ties following a 36-hole cut.

First round co-leader Vince Van Veen feel all the way to 2-over and a tie for 24th.


Ohio State senior Jessica Porvasnik wasn't as sharp in the second round as she was on Wednesday but she was still able to maintain her spot atop the leaderboard. Teeing it up on the Crooked Cat Golf Course at the Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge Povasnik shot a second round 1-over 73 to drop to 3-under with one day remaining.

The day started off promising for Porvasnik with a birdie on the second but bogeys on the fifth, 12th and 17th holes were only offset by one other birdie on the par-5 14th.

Amongst the leaders the biggest move the day came from Mississippi State sophomore Katie Holt who moved up four spots into second place and is now shot off the lead. Holt, 2-under, surged thanks to a 3-under 69 that saw her birdie four-times and only card a single bogey. Three of the four birdies came from Nos. 10-14 with her bogey mixed into that stretch as well.

The final two players under-par are Amy Zhang and Kansas sophomore Ariadna Fonseca, both are 1-under and tied for third.

Completing the top-5 four shots back, and in fifth are UCF senior Ashley Holder and Ramya Meenakshisundaram.

Following the end of play on Thursday the top-20 players and ties advanced to the final round.

Results: Orlando International Amateur
1CanadaHugo BernardCanada40071-68-72=211
2NCBen GriffinChapel Hill, NC30066-71-74=211
3FLJacob HuizingaOrlando, FL20068-73-72=213
T4ILJordan HahnSpring Grove, IL20072-71-71=214
T4ItalyStefano MazzoliItaly20070-69-75=214

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ABOUT THE Orlando International Amateur

The Orlando International Amateur Championship is an annual golf tournament gathering high-level amateur golfers from the United States of America and abroad. 54-hole stroke play championship, playing 18 holes per day.

Open to low-handicap amateurs, players who play college golf, players who have qualified for any of the current year's USGA or R&A championships, and those who have the recommendation of their country’s Federation or Association.

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