Scotland Schmidt (San Diego, Calif.) shot a 1-under 69 at Pacific Grove (Calif.) Golf Links to share the lead as he pursues a second-straight AmateurGolf.com title.
Schmidt, who last month pulled ahead late at San Diego Country Club to take the AG San Diego Amateur (South) title
, offset three bogeys with four birdies at a Pacific Grove course that yard-for-yard defends its par as well as any course in the state.
The 5727-yard gem known as the "Poor Man's Pebble Beach" only surrendered two under-par rounds in the Championship division despite favorable weather conditions. Edan Cui (Atherton, Calif.), the last player into the field, also posted a 69 with three birdies and two dropped shots.
It'll be a tight battle on Sunday, as there are 13 players within 3 shots of the lead.
Schmidt has a 2-shot lead for the low Mid-Amateur prize over John McCord of Oakland.
In the Senior division, a familiar name put himself into contention for another AG title. Randy Haag (Orinda, Calif.), who has won numerous AG titles over the last 20 years, shot a 1-under 69 to take a one-shot lead over Craig Calkins (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Patrick Henry (Elk Grove, Calif.).
Haag is attempting to win his second tournament this month, having captured the inaugural Soboba Senior Classic
in SoCal by a shot.
The key stretch for Haag was 4 birdies in 5 holes starting on the 12th.
Calkins has a 4-shot lead for the low Super Senior prize.
In the Net division, Butch Pirrone (Modesto, Calif.) rode an eagle and six birdies to a 4-under 66 and a 6-shot lead over Jimmy Roam (Phoeniz, Ariz.).
ABOUT THE AGC Pacific Grove City
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Individual championship at the wonderful
Links, known to many as "The Poor Man's
Beach." That's because the back nine plays
the Pacific Ocean in an out-and-back links style
layout. If you haven't played this Monterey
Peninsula gem, entering this tournament with a
friend or relative is the perfect way to
it. Field limit 104; Championship, Senior, and
For players aged 16 and over who have a USGA or
equivalent index of less than 5.5
For players age 50 and over (as of the tournament
date) with a handicap index of less than 8.0. Note:
Must be 55 and over for NCGA Senior Points.
For players 16 and over with handicap between 5.5
MID-AM (subdivision of Championship)
For players age
25-49. Compete alongside the younger players in the
Championship Division, (same tees, same prize
opportunities) and if there are at least six Mid-Ams,
separate prize and trophy will be awarded.
SUPER SENIORS (subdivision of Senior)
For players age
65+. Compete alongside the younger senior players
Senior Division, (same tees, same prize
opportunities) and if there are at least six players 65
separate prize and trophy will be awarded for low
WOMEN (subdivision of Championship)
Will play in the Championship
Division but from a shorter tee; if there are at least
six women in
the field, a separate prize and trophy will be
awarded. Net players will
play in the Net Division but from a shorter tee.
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