Nittany Lion, Trojan share lead through 36 at Pinehurst
Collegiate golfers continue leading the 114th Men's North and South Amateur Championship through 36 holes of stroke play following Wednesday's round at Pinehurst No. 8.
Penn State's J.D. Dornes carded the low round of the day, a 4-under-par 67 to go to 3-under overall. He shares the lead with Southern California's Rico Hoey who shot 68 in the first round and even-par 71 yesterday.
Indiana's Will Seger shot an first-round 65 but followed it with a 76 Wednesday dropping into a tie for fourth.
The top 60 plus ties survived the first cut of the three stroke-play rounds. The top 16, with tiebreaking playoffs in necessary, will move on after today's round into the match play portion of the championship Friday and Saturday, also at Pinehurst No. 8.
Dornes, of Lancaster, Pa., went 3 for 3 making birdie fours on No. 8's par fives Wednesday. He added birdies on the par-four Nos. 9 and 18.
Hoey, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., regrouped after starting on No. 10 with a bogey and making a double-bogey on No. 14. He worked to the top of the leaderboard with birdies on Nos. 18, 2 and 7 giving him eight birdies in two rounds.
Pinehurst No. 8 yielded few under-par rounds Wednesday. Christopher Petefish, of Danville, Calif., is the only player in the 132-man field with two rounds better than par. After a 70 in the first round he tallied five birdies and four bogeys for another 70 yesterday. Petefish, at Scottsdale Christian Academy, won the 2013 Arizona state high school title. He's completed a semester at Georgia Tech.
Cary's Michael Cromie is one of three players at 1-under through 36 holes; with rounds of 71 and 70. Cromie is a Green Hope and University of Georgia alum.
Taylor Pendrith made a double-eagle two on No. 6 Tuesday but played a better overall round Wednesday, following a 73 with a 70 and is among three golfers tied for eighth.
Defending champion Andrew Dorn has been 2-over both days and is tied for 11th.
The most key move of the day possibly came from Fred Meyer, of Nicholasville, Ky. and an incoming freshman at the University of Kentucky, shot 77 in the first round and 69, the second-best round of the day, Wednesday to advance into striking range of the top 16.
114th Men's North and South Amateur Championship
at Pinehurst No. 8 (par 71, 7,044 yards)
Second round - Stroke play
t1. J.D. Dornes, Lancaster, Pa. - 72-67 139 (-3)
t1. Rico Hoey, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. - 68-71 139 (-3)
3. Christopher Petefish, Danville, Calif. - 70-70 140
t4. Blair Hamilton, Burlington, Australia - 70-71 141
t4. Michael Cromie, Cary - 71-70 141
t4. Will Seger, Jasper, Ind. - 65-76 141
7. Chris Hemmerich, Kitchener, Australia - 72-70 142
t8. Taylor Pendrith, Richmond Hill, Canada - 73-70 143
t8. McCormick Clouser, Bluffton, Ind. - 68-75 143
t8. Sam Bernstein, New York, N.Y. - 73-70 143
t11. Andrew McCain, Tarpon Springs, Fla. - 72-72 144
t11. Andrew Dorn, West Chester, Ohio - 72-72 144
t11. Harley Abrams, Boca Raton, Fla. - 72-72 144
t11. Austin Connelly, Irving, Texas -70-74 144
t11. Nick Pandelena, Atkinson, N.H. - 72-72 144
t11. Miller Capps, Denver - 70-74 144
t11. Chelso Barrett, Surry, N.H. - 69-75 144
t18. David Mills, Evansville, Ind. - 72-73 145
t18. Payne Denman, Riverwatch, Tenn. - 74-71 145
t18. Cory Sciupider, Etowah - 74-71 145
t18. Brett Patterson, McMinnville, Tenn. - 74-71 145
t18. Chris O'Neill, Glen Allen, Va. - 74-71 145
t18. Spencer Ciesla, Naples, Fla. - 72-73 145
t18. Conner Godsey, Rogersville, Ala. - 71-74 145
t18. Adam Wood, Zionsville, Ind. - 71-74 145