FAIRFAX – Before this week, Clovis’ Bryson DeChambeau had never seen the Meadow Club, but after his second straight 65 Wednesday, he is feeling right at home. He has a four-shot lead going into the final day of the 110th Trans-Mississippi Championship presented by TaylorMade-Adidas.
DeChambeau, who was second in last month’s California State Amateur and just finished his freshman year at SMU, has a 10-under total of 130 headed to the 36-hole final day under sunny skies and cooler conditions.
"I put myself in a lot of scoreable conditions today,” DeChambeau said. "I hit 16 greens and made a couple of putts and it turned out to be a good day.”
He had birdies on holes 4-5-7, 10-13-15 with a bogey on the first hole.
Austin Cook, Jonesboro, Arkansas, who finished second in last year’s Trans-Miss is tied for second with first round leader Johnathan Schnitzer, Houston, Texas, at 6-under 134. Cook shot 69 on Wednesday while Schnitzer had a 73 after an opening 61.
"You know what they say about following up a good round with another good ground it’s certainly true. It was a struggle, but I’m still in good position for tomorrow,” he said.
Cal NCAA Champion Max Homa shot a second day 70 after an opening 65 and is one shot back at 135 in third place, five back of the leader.
"Five shots is tough, but I know anything can happen on this golf course,” Homa said of his college home course. "I didn’t putt very good today, but I still have a chance.”
Also tied for third at 135 is USF golfer, Santa Cruz’s Cory McElyea, who fired a second round 73 after an opening 62.
"I expected to get lapped by these guys, but I know there is a lot of golf left. I just have to stay steady,” McElyea said.
Cal’s Brandon Hagy, who won the Golden Bear college tournament here last fall, leads a group of three golfers tied for third with a 71-136 total. Others at 136 include Dallas’ Finley Ewing IV and Trevor Simsby from Carlsbad. Ewing shot 67, Simsby had a 71.
With the wind picking up in the afternoon and the temperature dropping, the par 70 Alister MacKenzie classic played much tougher on day two. The lowest second round score was a 64 shot by Keller, Texas golfer Sean Walsh. Combined with an opening 73, he is currently tied for 9th at 137.
The course wasn’t too tough, at least for one hole, for Wichita , Kansas’ Alex Carney, who recorded the first hole in one at the tournament. He aced the par-3 8th hole using an 6-iron from 175 yards. It was his first-ever ace in competition, his second overall.