Pevarnik retains lead at weather-suspended Pennsylvania Am
Brady Pevarnik (Pennsylvania Golf photo)
Brady Pevarnik (Pennsylvania Golf photo)

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (July 30, 2018) – Weather interrupted the second round of Pennsylvania Amateur on Tuesday, but before the suspension, first-round Brady Pevarnik has picked up right where he left off in the first round. Pevarnik, a high school senior who is committed to Penn State University, followed his opening 65 with a 1-under par 69 Tuesday for the clubhouse lead at historic Sunnehanna Country Club. Round two is slated to resume Wednesday morning in the 54-hole championship.

Pevarnik called his second round "really solid golf.” He vaulted into the lead in Monday's opening round by holing out for eagle on the par-4 18th hole from 144 yards. He hit a punch 9-iron to keep it under the wind and, as he recalled, "heard it dunk." With that momentum on his side, he began Tuesday's round on the back nine of the classic A.W. Tillinghast design. After an opening par 3 at the 10th, he then made his second eagle in a span of three championship holes as he carded a 3 on the par-5 11th hole.

Pevarnik dropped a pair of shots with bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14 but got one back with a nice birdie on the 15th. And from that point on, it was all pars en route to the clubhouse advantage.

"Today's round was kind of boring," Pevarnik said, noting that after the early fireworks, he came in with 12 straight pars. That was quite the change from Monday, where he carded four birdies and an eagle on his way to the opening round score of 65.

"I hit it really well yesterday," Pevarnik remarked. "I got up and down on both No. 3 and No. 4 for par, and that kind of jump started my round. I built momentum all day and just played really well."

With the competitors fighting bouts of rain and then lightning over the two days of play, a significant portion of the field has yet to complete the second round. One of those who did, however, is defending champion J.D. Hughes. A senior at Penn State, Hughes followed up his opening round 66 with a second-round score of 71 and is 3 under, three shots behind Pevarnik.

Three other competitors completed their second round with a score under par for the championship - Mitch Mercer (-2), Connor Schmidt (-2) and Chuck Nettles (-1).

A trio of players with golf left to play in the second round are three shots off the lead. Anthony Sebastianelli is 4 under par through 13 holes in Round 2. Two-time past champion Nathan Smith is at 3 under, as is Daniel Thompson.

This is the first time the Pennsylvania Amateur has been held at Sunnehanna since 1955, when Oakmont's Fred Paine, Jr. defeated Tommy Smith in the finals of what was then a match-play competition.

ABOUT THE Pennsylvania Amateur

First played in 1909, the Pennsylvania Amateur is 54- hole stroke play event open to any male amateur golfer who is a member of a club belonging to the Pennsylvania Golf Association. Non exempt players must qualify through a sectional qualifying event a month prior. There will be a cut to the low 40 and ties after the second round.

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