Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Texas State Open: Flores Maintains Lead in Round 2

texas state open First-round leader Martin Flores of Mansfield is still the leader following the second round of the Texas State Open at The Cascades in Tyler. Flores followed up his opening-round 63 with a 67 on Friday, for a 10-under 130 total. That's two shots better than Nick Beach of Fayetteville, Ark.

Go here for third-round pairings and tee times, or see the live scoring on the NTPGA Web site for complete results and updates.

Here is the second-round recap from the NTPGA:

TYLER, Texas – Martin Flores of Mansfield, TX played steady during round two of the Texas State Open, to increase his lead over the rest of the field. Four birdies and one bogey is what it took for Flores to stay atop the leaderboard, posting a 33-34-67 (3-under par), bringing his two round total to 130 (10-under par). Looking ahead at the spot in the final pairing for round three, Flores stated, “I’m feeling really good about tomorrow’s round, I need to get off to a great start, and keep doing what I’m doing on the course.”

Flores will be playing with Nick Beach of Fayetteville, AR in the last group of the three round. Beach made a big charge today, as his strategy to score played out. “I had a game plan to put the ball in play all 18 holes, and I stuck to it all day,” Beach commented following his bogey free round of 31-33-64 (6-under par). Beach stands at 132 (8-under par) heading into Thursday’s round.

Beach feels very comfortable with The Cascades layout, he made it into the Texas State Open starting field, by qualifying at The Cascades Open Qualifying event on June 20th. He also played collegiate golf at the University of Arkansas.

Defending champion, Kelly Grunewald of Grand Prairie, TX finished off his front nine today with birdies on three of his last four holes to go out in 32. He finished the day in a tie for third place at 133 (7-under par).

Two players made aces today, during the event. Justin Bates of Allen, TX struck a 5-iron 187 yards on hole #2 for his first career ace. The shot came at the right time as it helped Bates slide under the cut line at (2-over par) for the tournament. Jon Whaley of Dallas, TX added his first ever hole-in-one this morning on hole #16, hitting an 8-iron directly in the hole from 137 yards out. “It was awesome,” exclaimed Whaley after his round today.

Sixty players made the cut at 142 (2-over par). Of the 60 players to make the cut, six are amateurs. The total purse is $125,275, with $22,500 awarded to the champion.

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