Cordell, Lach cling to one-shot Champions Cup lead after 36 holes
Matt Cordell and Bryant Lach (Photo submitted)
Matt Cordell and Bryant Lach (Photo submitted)

The Texas team of Matt Cordell and Bryant Lach combined for a solid 3-under 68 at Champions Golf Club on Friday, good enough to maintain their one-shot at the halfway point of the Champions Cup Invitational. Swirling wind on the challenging par-71 Cypress Creek Course at Champions Golf Club in Houston didn’t make that an easy task. Cordell and Lach combined for one eagle, two birdies and one bogey, which allowed them to maintain their lead heading into Round 3 on Saturday. For 36 holes, the duo is 9 under.

Nick Ushijimia of Japan and Bowen Osborn of Florida came on strong in Round 2 with their 4-under 67 for a 36-hole total of 8-under 134. Their round included five birdies and one bogey.

Three teams are tied two shots back with 36-hole totals of 7-under 135.

The Indiana-based team of Donnie Aldrich and Brett Widner carded 6-under 65, which was the low round of the day. Oklahoma’s Sam Braver and Ben Klaus and Illinois’ Ty Comerford and Dustin Sloat both shot rounds of 4-under 67 on Friday.

A total of 56 two-man mid-am teams, from 27 states, and the countries of Japan, Canada and Scotland are competing in the prestigious national four-ball event.

The third round is scheduled for Saturday, with the final round following on Sunday afternoon.

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Champions is Jack Burke's club, and the Champions Cup is his invitational tournament. This is a special place, full of history and worthy of the championships it has hosted, which include the Ryder Cup, U.S. Open, U.S Amateur, U.S. Mid- Amateur and multiple Tour Championships. The Champions Cup is a 72-hole four-ball event with no cut. It is a very popular tournament that attracts a very strong, competitive national field. To be considered for entry, players must maintain a maximum USGA handicap of 3, be at least 25 years old and submit playing accomplishments to be considered. Walking is required but long pants are no longer mandatory. Contestants are urged to stay at the homes of Champions members (at no cost), but can arrange their own accommodations if desiring to do so. The tournament formerly required both contestants to be from the same state but has since waived that requirement.

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