Southwestern: Leow takes men's lead; Kozlowski, Whiston top women
James Leow (Arizona Golf Association photo)
James Leow (Arizona Golf Association photo)

A battle on both sides developed on Thursday at the second round of the Southwestern Amateur, even in the midst of an Excessive Heat Warning as temperatures rose to over 110 degrees.

Day two opened up with University of Tennessee junior Nicole Whiston maintaining her lead in the Women's Championship, but she was met with some company by Purdue freshman Ashley Kozlowski. The pair found trouble early, each with a front-nine double bogey, but Kozlowski recovered and shot 2-under 69 for the day to tie it up at 1 under through 36 holes. Whiston held onto first steadily with a 1-over 72.

The leaders have plenty of company, with 11 players within four shots of the lead. University of Arizona junior Ya Chun Chang of Taiwan is one shot back at even par, while her fellow countrywoman Ching-Tzu Chen of the of the University of Oregon is another shot behind, tied with Arizona State's Ashley Menne of Surprise, Ariz.

Two players are in the field fresh off of playing in the U.S. Women's Open at the Olympic Club. Noemie Pare of Canada is currently tied for 12th, while Ohio State's Aneka Seumanutafa is tied for 22nd with two rounds to play.

The Men's Championship resumed in the heat of the afternoon, with round one co-leaders James Leow and Christian Banke continuing their race to the top after matching rounds of 8-under 63 in the first round. Leow, an Arizona State junior from Singapore, fell back early with a double bogey on No. 14 before two consecutive birdies on the front nine put him ahead of the Arizona Wildcat to finish with a 1-under 70. Banke fell back to tie for second beside Hazen Newman after carding a 1-over 72.

Newman, an Oklahoma State freshman from Las Vegas, had the round of the day, a 5-under 66, to pull into the second-place tie with Banke. The top three have separated themselves from the rest of the field, with the next group of players four shots back at 3 under. In all, 14 players are under par through 36 holes.

The field was cut to the low 40 players and ties in both the Women's and Men's Championships for the final two rounds. The action continues Friday for round three, with early tee times promising cooler temperatures the last two days.

Results: Southwestern Amateur
1SingaporeJames LeowSingapore70063-70-69-70=272
2TXTucker AllenTolar, TX50070-71-67-67=275
T3INKeegan BronnenbergMuncie, IN40069-71-69-69=278
T3CAChristian BankeDanville, CA40063-72-70-73=278
T3ALRyan EshlemanVestavia Hills, AL40071-70-65-72=278

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ABOUT THE Southwestern Amateur

72-hole stroke play championship for national- level amateurs with a handicap index of 1.4 or better. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 36 and ties. The SWGA Selection Committee will select players to compete based upon exemptions, playing resume and rankings.

The SWGA reserves the right to invite amateurs of national and international reputation, as well as other amateurs "of note", to enter into the tournament. Applicants are urged to submit their entries with golf resumes of accomplishment in major tournaments and other competitive record information.

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