Matt Kilgo (CGA photo)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2018) – Matt Kilgo of Charlotte, N.C., continued his superb play on Saturday, extending his first-round lead from two shots to three heading into the final round of the 25th North Carolina Mid-Am Championship hosted at Ballantyne Country Club.
Kilgo shot a bogey-free 63 in Round 1 and followed that performance with another bogey-free round of 69 on Saturday.
"I was pretty conscious of trying not to have a letdown," Kilgo said about the pressure of following up on his first-round score. "If you look over the course of history, any time somebody goes really low they usually follow it up with a score of ten shots higher or more...I managed to not make a bogey today for the second straight day so I'm pretty proud of that but overall I'm very pleased."
Thomas Owen of Fayetteville, N.C., made up the most ground on the leader in Round 2 by tying for the low round of day two with a 5-under 67. Owen goes into the final round tied for second place and will play in the final pairing with Kilgo and the 2014 North Carolina Mid-Am Champion Joe Jaspers of Huntersville, N.C.
"I played well and got a couple putts to fall outside of 15 feet today," Owen said after his round. "I think I haven't three-putted this tournament and I've just been trying to get the pace right. If it falls, it falls. If it doesn't, just tap it in and move on. I'm just trying to keep the pressure off the putter."
Owen said that he was able to feed off of his playing partners Saturday and the group had a "really good energy."
Sunday's round may not be as friendly but there should be plenty of birdies to be had. After Saturday's round, the cut is set and pairings will now be based on scoring.
When asked how different the round will be tomorrow knowing that he will be paired with his two closest competitors, Kilgo welcomed the challenge.
"I actually prefer that," Kilgo said. "Watching good golf shots is contagious and I know Joe Jaspers pretty well...I look forward to the challenge. I'm sure there will be a lot of good golf shots hit tomorrow and I'm sure it will be a battle."
Jaspers, who sat alone in second place after Round 1, shot a solid 2-under 70 in Round 2. He is now tied for second place with Owen at 9 under, three shots off the pace.
ABOUT THE North Carolina Mid-Amateur
North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship is open
any male amateur golfer who has reached his 30th
birthday, is a legal resident of North Carolina, is a
member in good standing of a club which is a
member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and
has an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index® at a
CGA member club that does not exceed 5.4.
Sectional qualifying is required in the weeks before
the championship unless exemption criteria is met.
54-hole stroke play event with a cut to the low 60
and ties after 36 holes.
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