Nick Horn's 7-over round of 77 might not have been up to his usual standards, but coupled with his 72 in Friday's opening round, Horn still has a seven-stroke lead heading into today's final round of the Peninsula Amateur Golf Tournament at Birch Ridge Golf Course.
"It's just been a lot of pars, a few birdies and a few bogeys," Horn said of his first two rounds. "It's just steady, nothing real exciting."
Chasing Horn in the Championship Flight is Mike Hollingsworth and Robbie Smithwick, both tied at 156 through 36 holes. Hollingsworth opened with a 79 on Friday and improved by two strokes in Saturday's round while Smithwick opened with an 82 and worked himself back into contention with a 74 Saturday.
"It was fun to play with them today," Horn said, adding that Smithwick wasn't able to distract him with too much pizza talk.
Jay Kriner (159) finished Saturday's round with a five-stroke lead over Josh Lansing in the first flight. John Davis (191) enters today's final round with a two-stroke lead in the second flight, and Aaron Andrus' two-day score of 190 gives him a 13-stroke advantage in the third flight.
Horn was 2-over-par in Friday's round, shooting 36 on both the front nine and the back nine.
Horn shot an even-par 35 on the front nine Saturday, but a double-bogey on hole No. 13 and a triple-bogey on 14 contributed to a 7-over 42 on the back nine.
"I just pretty much kept the ball in the middle and made a few putts here and there," Horn said. "On the back, I pretty much did the same thing, except on four and five (13 and 14), I hit two drives out of bounds."
Horn had been gunning for Tim Walsh's tournament record, but would need a 2-under 68 in today's round to break it. Horn said that after Saturday's round, the plan is simply to enjoy what today's round has to offer.
"I'm just going to go out and have fun," Horn said. "(With a 7-stroke lead over Smithwick and Hollingsworth), I just have to play my own game and not worry about what they're doing. If I worry about that, that's when I start playing bad."
Final-round play begins today at 8 a.m. at Birch Ridge.
Peninsula Amateur Golf Tournament
Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Birch Ridge Golf Course
Scores through second round
Nick Horn 72-77--149
Mike Hollingsworth 79-77--156
Robbie Smithwick 82-74--156
Denny Davis 90-injury scratch
Jay Kriner 79-80--159
Josh Lansing 79-85--164
Zach Cowan 87-87--174
Geo Stein 88-86--174
John Davis 98-93--191
Phil Turkington 96-97--193
Don McGhee 90-103--196
Al Dettmer 96-104--200
Keaton Andrus 107-97--204
Aaron Andrus 92-98--190
Gary Dawkins 102-101--203
John Lansing 105-107--212
Norman Plante 95-113--218
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