At Pacific Grove, Schmidt and Haag aim for second win of 2023
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
New event (started in 2021) 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 88; Championship, Senior, Women, and
49. Compete alongside the younger players in
Championship Division, (same tees, same prize
opportunities) and if there are at least 10 Mid-
separate prize and trophy will be awarded.
For players age
65+. Compete alongside the younger players in
Senior Division, (same tees, same prize
opportunities) and a
separate prize and trophy will be awarded for
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