June 19, 2013

Still a hard test

Going low remains a challenge on second day of Georgia Junior Championship

A softer course from Tuesday’s rains might have been expected to be a boon to golfers during the second round of the Georgia Junior Championship. The scores didn’t reflect it.

Only two players in the field of 128 broke par in the Georgia State Golf Association event, leaving a select group in contention for today’s final round at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face. Eleven players had rounds under par on the first day — which also included a brief rain delay — but the second 18 holes proved to be a much tougher beast.

“The conditions were definitely a little tougher,” Alpharetta’s Ryan Stachler said. “The rains started, and that just made things a lot more difficult.”

Waynesboro’s Carter Mobley and Dunwoody’s Marcus Byrd finished the second round at 3-under-par 141 for the tournament and share the lead. Mobley shot a 2-under 70 on Tuesday, while Byrd had a 71.

The duo are two strokes ahead of Stachler, whose opening 68 had him sharing the first-round lead with Albany’s Tyler Hanson. Stachler shot a 3-over 75 Tuesday and is at 143 for the tournament. Hanson is in fourth place and at par after a second-round 76.

“It was tough getting the score low and the ball close to the pin near the end of the front nine because it was just pouring,” Hanson said. “Everything was getting wet, and it was tough to focus. Shots that weren’t even sticking (Monday) were spinning off the front of greens (Tuesday).”

Dalton’s Allen Behr leads the local contingent of competitors after following up Monday’s 78 with a 2-over 74 to leave him 11 strokes off the lead at 152. He’s tied with five others for 22nd place.

Rocky Face residents Ethan Hayes and Tucker Snipes joined Behr as the only three of the five players from inside Whitfield County to survive the 36-hole cut of the low 70 players plus ties. That cut fell at 19-over-par 163. Snipes bettered his first round by a stroke for a 155 (78-77) and is in a three-way tie for 36th, while Hayes had back-to-back 80s for a 160 and is tied with two others for 54th.

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