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Championship Notes - Wednesday
July 10th 2013 -

FAIRFAX -- Recently retired Deutsche Bank CEO Seth Waugh has overseen thousands of employees in his long business career, generating millions of dollars for the companies he worked for, but thoroughly enjoyed a relatively new experience at this week’s 110th Annual Trans-Miss Championship, caddying for his son Clancy.

"It’s been the most fun I’ve had in golf. I just hope I don’t get fired,” he joked before Wednesday’s third round.

Waugh has nurtured the PGA Tour’s Deutsche Bank Championship in his hometown of Boston into one of the premier FedEx Cup events and has played with the world’s best golfers at some of the world’s best clubs, but he said nothing beats caddying for his son at the historic Meadow Club.

"Golf is great at any level, but it’s more fun to caddy. It gets you into the game instead of watching from the sidelines.”

The pair combined for an opening round 67 Tuesday with a 71 Wednesday which left the younger Waugh, 18, who will be a freshman on the Wake Forest golf team this fall, among the top 15 midway finishers. It also left his dad, 54, to better understand the pressures of full-time PGA Tour caddies.

"You live and die with every decision,” he said. "Yesterday he asked me my advice on a couple of putts and I think I got it wrong and I tossed and turned all night on that. "

Waugh said he was, "working for his son, which is a bit different,” this week, but said was enjoying the experience.

Before this second round, Waugh went into the Meadow Club clubhouse for lunch overlooking the 18th hole. Told caddies don’t usually get such good treatment, Waugh said, "They do at my tournament. Of course, I’m paying for it either way.”

While he did not have a caddy this week at the Trans-Miss, USC sophomore Daniel Trevino has some high level help as his World Golf Hall of Fame dad Lee walked every hole, watching his son in his first major amateur event as a college student.

"He’ll learn a lot from this, being around these players, and then we’ll go home and go to work,” the elder Trevino said.

The younger Trevino did not play much golf in high school, playing lacrosse instead, and is not playing on the USC golf team now, but is working hard with his famous father, considered one of the best ball strikers of all time.

"His level has gone way, way up over the last year,” Trevino said. "He is hitting it four miles, we just need to work on the swing and the putts. He is playing great.”

Daniel Trevino rebounded from an opening 80 to shoot a second round 72 for a 152 total. He plans to play in some additional amateur events including attempting to qualify for the Texas State Open which his father won in the 1960s.

Lee Trevino said he tried to caddy for his son Monday in the practice round, but said it was a physically painful experience.

"Monday night, I was so stiff, it took me 15 minutes to change the channel on the remote control,” Trevino laughed.

Second round leader Bryson DeChambleau has had his share of runner-up finishes this

summer, including second in the recently completed California State Amateur, but said he’s looking for one spot better going to Thursday’s final day.

"It’s fun to compete, but I’ve placed runner-up a bunch this summer. I’m ready to win,” he said after his second straight 65-130 total.

The Clovis native recently finished his freshman season playing for SMU in Dallas and was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year after a stellar initial college season.

"I played well in the fall, played well in the spring and I’ve played well in the summer. I feel like my swing is right there and I’m playing good,” he said.

Robert Funk, age 50, show the younger college crowd, he still has some good golf left with a second round 66, one of the lowest rounds of the day as the only mid-amateur still standing at the end of the day.

"It felt normal to me,” he said. "I just glad to see my flat belly friends out here.”

After an opening round 72 he stands tied for 17th place with a 138 total.

Jonesboro, Arkansas native Austin Cook knows something about second place finishes as well. He finished second to Tyler Raber last year at the Trans-Miss and is second after round two of this year’s tournament.

"I don’t know why I played so good here, maybe it’s the classic courses the Trans-Miss uses for their championships. I feel like this course suits my game.”

Vaughn McCall certainly gets the longest distance award for the 2013 Trans-Miss, having traveled from Gore, New Zealand thousands of miles to compete in this year’s tournament. He made sure the long trip didn’t go to waste with an even par second round 70 to go along with a first round 68, to place him in the top 20 headed to the final day.

The 21-year-old has already won the New Zealand Amateur stroke play and match play titles in his homeland before coming to America to play top amateur competition in hopes of turning pro later this year.
 

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