Eastern Amateur: Jack Schoenberger fires a 63 to take hold of the second round lead
Jack Schoenberger (Belmont Athletics Photo)
Jack Schoenberger moved into sole possession of the lead with a 7-under 63 in the second round of the 66th Eastern Amateur at Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club in Portsmouth, Va.
The Belmont University sophomore started hot with 5-under 30 on the front nine. The back proved to be a bit more of a scramble, and he went to the par-5 No. 18 stuck at 5-under. Two perfect shots to the green and a holed 30-foot eagle putt, and he posted the day’s lowest round.
Schoenberger made six birdies, an eagle, and one bogey en route to his 63.
Charlie Hanson from Virginia Tech, Radford’s Bryce Corbett, and University of Utah golfer Brandon Robison share second place two shots back at 6-under par.
Hanson shot a 61 in the first round to race out ahead of the field, but struggled throughout his second round, shooting a 3-over 73. Hanson made nine birdies and no bogeys in the first round and made two birdies and five bogeys.
Chesapeake’s Patrick Gareiss, who plays at Radford, and incoming Wake Forest freshman Kyle Haas are tied for 5th at 4-under.
60 golfers made the cut at 5-over.
ABOUT THE Eastern Amateur
The Eastern Amateur is a 72 hole stroke play
event that perennially attracts a top-drawer field.
The tournament has been
played -- with the exception of 1977 and 1999 -- at
Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club. Elizabeth
Manor is a par 70 Dick Wilson design in Portsmouth,
The impressive list of winners includes U.S. Open
winners Curtis Strange, Ben Crenshaw, Andy Bean,
Hubert Green, Jim Furyk and Steve Jones. Other
notables who have played in the Eastern Amateur
are Lanny Wadkins, Arron Oberholser, Steve Marino,
Scott Hoch, Clarence Rose, Gary Koch, Bob Tway,
John Rollins, Fred Funk, Carl Petterson, Chip Beck,
Jim Simons, Ben Crenshaw, Steve Melnyk, Andy
Bean and Steve Liebler. Liebler won the who the
Eastern in three different decades and is the only
golfer to have ever qualified for the USGA Junior,
USGA Amateur, USGA Open, USGA Public Links,
USGA Senior Open and USGA Senior Amateur as
as representing his state in the USGA Team
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