Trio tied as final round of the 2020 Gobbler is set
Harry Hillier (Kansas Athletics)
In bowling, recording three strikes in a row is called a ‘turkey’. But what do you call a three-way tie for the lead with one round to play? The 2020 Gobbler, of course.
The Gobbler Amateur finished its second round on Tuesday with three golfers holding a share of the lead with 18 holes separating them from a possible championship. Kansas junior Harry Hillier, Texas-San Antonio senior Adam House, and fellow Roadrunner Michael Rome are all tied at four under.
Round one leader James Song fell backward, posting a second-round 2-over 73, unable to keep up with his personal best 66 he carded on Monday. As Song struggled to carry a tune, Hillier, House, and Rome began their ascent up the leaderboard.
With temperatures in the low 70s and winds staying calm, Sewailo Golf Club played true and fair for competitors. Hillier, a native of New Zealand, fared much better Tuesday than he did Monday. Netting just one bogey on his eighth hole of the day (No. 17), Hillier nabbed five birdies en route to a 3-under 67.
College teammates at UTSA, House, and Rome can find some comfort in familiarity in Wednesday’s final round. Although House had the cleaner scorecard with just two bogeys on his card, he will have to give his tip of the cap to Rome who battled up and down all day long. Rome recorded seven birdies during his second round but was unable to make them all count as he scored four bogeys to go along with them.
With the trio at four under, the tournament is not sure to be decided in the final group. Univeristy of Arizona 2020 signee Sam Sommerhauser and Song (Cal) are both tied at three under. Chad Sewell (UTSA) clocked the low round of the day, tying Song’s 66 from Monday to move into a tie for second at two under alongside Max Sekulic (Washington). Five players are tied at one under and another five sit at even par for the tournament.
The final round of the 2020 Gobbler begins at 7:30 am local time.
ABOUT THE Gobbler Amateur
Founded in 2016, the Gobbler Invitational is a 54-hole
stroke play event with no cut. It is open to male
amateur golfers with an index of 3.0 or less. A variety
of exemption categories are offered, based mostly on
rankings and USGA appearances. The top 10 finishers
will be exempt into
the Saguaro Amateur in January.
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