Brandon Mancheno and Justin Suh co-lead at Trinity Forest
(GolfWorld, Auburn, USC photos)
DALLAS, TX (September 25, 2017) - Brandon Mancheno of Auburn University and Justin Suh of Southern Cal are tied at 6-under-par with 136 one round to go at the Trinity Forest Invitational, the first big event at the future home of the PGA Tour's Byron Nelson Invitational.
Mancheno fired his second consecutive three-under 68 on Monday to lead Auburn into a tie with SEC rival Florida for the team competition. Mancheno and teammates Wells Padgett (68-70=138), Jacob Solomon (71-71=142), Jovan Rebula (71-73=144) and Trace Crowe (73-73=146) have shot 278-282 to reach 8 under par as a team.
Florida has been led be Alejandro Tosti (67-72=139) and Andy Zhang (69-71=140), who along with Gordon Neale (71-72=143), Chris Nido (68-77=145) and John Axelson (76-70=146) shot rounds of 275-285 to get to the same 8-under-par total.
North Texas (283-281) is alone in third place, four under par and four shots behind the co-leaders.
Suh (67-69=136) and his Southern Cal teammates are in fourth place, six shots back, after rounds of 282-284.
Scottie Scheffler of Texas was the first-round leader with a six-under 65, but dropped three shots in the second round to fall into a tie for sixth at three-under 139. Fellow Walker Cupper and teammate Doug Ghim is two shots further back at one-under 141. Texas sits tied for sixth, but only eight shots out of the lead.
Among other Walker Cup team members, Norman Xiong of Oregon (72-75=147) and Doc Redman of Clemson (75-77=152) are both in the bottom half of the field.
This is the first big tournament for Trinity Forest Golf Club, which was named the new site of the PGA Tour's Byron Nelson Invitational starting in 2018. It replaces the TPC Las Colinas complex in Irving which had hosted the event for decades, and will bring an entirely new feel to the event. The course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, is on an open and windswept site in southeast Dallas far away from development, and though not truly a links site, it will require more of a "ground game" than the aerial game seen so often at the TPC.
ABOUT THE Trinity Forest Invitational
54-hole collegiate team stroke play event hosted by
Southern Methodist University. Team (best four
out of five players each round) and individual
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