Clagett Holds Mid-day Lead After Second Round At 2002 USGA Senior Amateur Championship

Jacksonville, Fla. – Billy Clagett, 56, of Austin, Texas, followed up his opening-round 69 with a 2-under-par 70 to hold a four-stroke lead over those who have completed two rounds of stroke play at the 48th USGA Senior Amateur Championship Sunday, being held at the par-72, 6,596-yard Timuquana Country Club.

Clagett, who finished stroke play qualifying at 5-under-par 139, recorded four birdies in his second round, highlighted by a 25’ birdie putt on the par-4, 375-yard 14th hole.

“I knew I was going to make the cut,” Clagett said. “I was trying to play conservatively and then I kind of got into it.”

Next up for Clagett will be Monday’s first round of match play. It’s a format he’s familiar with – he’s won the last two Trans-Miss Senior Amateur championships, both conducted in match play.

“You’ve got to stay aggressive,” Clagett said. “I’m going to take it one shot at a time and see what happens.”

Bill Shean Jr., 59, of Hinsdale, Ill., the 1998 and 2000 USGA Senior Amateur champion, stands four shots back after posting a 2-under-par 70 to finish 73-70—143.

Bob Lewis Jr., 58, of Pepper Pike, Ohio, a three-time runner-up in USGA championships, shot 72-73—145 and is six shots off Clagett’s pace. Lewis, a member of four victorious Walker Cup teams for the United States, will captain the USA squad at the 2003 Match.

“I haven’t been playing a lot of competitive golf lately,” Lewis said. “It’s kind of nice to just get into match play, because once you get into match play, a lot of different things can happen.”

Among those with a chance to unseat Clagett as medalist in stroke play qualifying is first-round co-leader Sam Farlow, 55, of Birmingham, Ala., who teed off at 1:12 p.m.

Defending champion Kemp Richardson, 56, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., will try to come back from Saturday’s first-round 9-over-par 81 to make the cut. He teed off at 12:45 p.m.

The second round of stroke play will be completed Sunday afternoon before the field is trimmed to the low 64 scorers who will advance to match play. The Championship runs through Thursday afternoon’s 18-hole final match.

The USGA Senior Amateur, for amateur players 55 years and older, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.


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