Birmingham National Invitational: Blake Watts, Kenny Cook lead after 36 holes
04 Nov 2023
by Justin Golba of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for NIT, Country Club of Birmingham - West Course, Kenny Cook Rankings

Kenny Cook (USGA Photo)
Kenny Cook (USGA Photo)

Blake Watts and Kenny Cook lead the Birmingham National Invitational at Birmingham Country Club in Birmingham, Ala., by one shot.

Watts and Cook sit at 3-under total. Both shot low rounds of the tournament in their second round, with Cook shooting a 5-under 66 after a first-round 2-over 73 and Watts shooting a second-round 4-under 67 after an opening round of 1-over 72.

First-round leader Trent Alexander shot an even-par 71 after a first-round 2-under 69 and is one shot back in solo second place.

Nick Maccario is in solo fourth place at 1-under after rounds of 71-70.

Keith Guest, Andy Sajevic, and Stewart Whitt are all T5 at even par.

Cook finished runner-up at the 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur and won the 2019 Indiana Mid-Amateur.

Results: NIT
1ALBlake WattsFort Payne, AL30072-67-69=208
2MANick MaccarioWaltham, MA20071-70-72=213
3NEAndy SajevicOmaha, NE10071-71-72=214
4TNJeff ReuterHumboldt, TN10072-72-71=215
T5ALSteven GrooverHoover, AL10072-73-71=216

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This 54-hole stroke play event, formerly held the weekend after Memorial Day but moved to November in 2020, dates back to the early 1900's and is also known as the "NIT". Draws a field of national-level mid-amateurs.

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