Aussie Takes Lead In 2nd Round Of Players Am

By Justin Jarrett

BLUFFTON, S.C. — On a day when low scores were hard to come by, Australian Daniel Nisbet posted a 6-under-par 66 on the South Course at Berkeley Hall Club to take a three-shot lead at the midway point of the 13th annual Players Amateur.

Nisbet is at 9-under-par 135, three shots ahead of Florida State's Daniel Berger and four shots clear of first-round leader Bobby Wyatt of Alabama and Michael Weaver of Cal.

Many players credited difficult pin placements for tougher scoring conditions in Friday's second round, but Nisbet was still able to take advantage. After making two birdies and two bogeys in his first five holes, he birdied six of his last 13 holes to take a commanding lead. Only two other golfers shot under 70 in the second round. Ben Campbell and Andrew Yun both shot 3-under par 69.

Berger, who began the day one shot behind Wyatt, struggled to make up ground early on. He dropped to 2-over for the day after a double-bogey at the par-5 12th but made three birdies in his last six holes to get back into contention.

Weaver charged out early and got to 7-under with a birdie at the par-3 11th, but he faltered coming in with three bogeys in his final seven holes.

Wyatt also had an inconsistent day, beginning with a double-bogey at the par-4 second hole, and he was 3-over for the day before salvaging the round with an eagle at the par-5 17th to move back within striking distance of the lead.

NOTES: The field will be cut to the low 48 players and ties after Saturday's third round. … Cameron Wilson withdrew before the start of the second round with an injury. … Cody Proveaux and Matthew NeSmith lead the contingent of players with South Carolina ties at 1-under- par. … Among players with local ties, former University of South Carolina Beaufort golfer Luke McClellan leads the way at 6-over, followed by Bluffton resident Mike Balzer at 7-over and Beaufort's Rob Simmons at 8-over.

2012 The Players Amateur
THIRD-ROUND PAIRINGS
# 1 Tee
7:15 AM Steven Kearney, Stanford University 84-82—166
Rick LaRose, Tucson, AZ 90-85—175
Peter Mathison, Jupiter, FL 90-91—181
7:25 AM Marcel Puyat, Stanford University 81-78—159
Zachary Olsen, Cordova, TN 79-81—160
Conrad Ray, Stanford 80-80—160
7:35 AM Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan 80-76—156
Nathan Holman, Melbourne, AUS 78-80—158
Daniel Hendry, Aberdeen, SCOTLAND 77-81—158
7:45 AM Nick Gilliam, Gainesville, FL 79-76—155
Billy Kennerly, Clemson 77-79—156
Fraser Wilkin, Auckland, Nz 79-77—156
7:55 AM Nick Sherwood, Oregon State 80-74—154
Patrick Grimes, Stanford University 75-79—154
Shane Lebow, Stanford University 74-80—154
8:05 AM Mitch Gray, Florence, SC 75-78—153
T.J. Mitchell, University of Georgia 74-79—153
Todd Sinnott, Melborne, AUS 73-81—154
8:15 AM Mathew Perry, Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND 75-78—153
Cody Martin, University of Kentucky 73-80—153
Hunter Stewart, Lexington, KY 74-79—153
8:25 AM Mills Rendell, Vanderbilt University 75-78—153
Chase Parker, University of Kentucky 76-77—153
Michael Cromie, Cary, NC 78-75—153
8:35 AM Crawford Reeves, Clemson University 76-75—151
Rob Simmons, Beaufort, SC 75-77—152
Anthony Murdaca, Adelaide, South AUS 79-74—153
8:45 AM Curtis Thompson, LSU 74-76—150
Bobby Hudson, University of Texas 73-77—150
Michael Balzer, Bismark, North Dakota 75-76—151
8:55 AM Richy Werenski, South Hadley, MA 76-74—150
Michael Johnson, Auburn University 76-74—150
Luke McClellan, West Columbia, Sc 75-75—150
9:05 AM Cory Whitsett, University of Alabama 70-79—149
Minghao Wang, Alpharetta, GA 72-77—149
John Voetsch, Vanderbilt University 77-73—150
9:15 AM Ben Fogler, Vanderbilt University 74-75—149
Oliver Goss, Perth, AUS 73-76—149
Ben Kohles, Cary, NC 73-76—149
9:25 AM Oliver Schniederjans, Georgia Tech 70-78—148
Ji Soo Park, University of Virginia 74-74—148
Zachary Herr, New Hope, PA 77-72—149
9:35 AM Cameron Smith, Brisbane, AUS 72-76—148
Jake Higginbottom, Charlestown, AUS 73-75—148
Matthew Stieger, Narrabri, AUS 75-73—148
9:45 AM Tyler McCumber, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 76-72—148
James White, Georgia Tech 72-76—148
Ryan Heisey, Orange, CA 74-74—148
9:55 AM Zander Lombard, Prietora, SA 73-74—147
Michael Hebert, Auburn University 73-74—147
Jeffrey Kang, University Of Southern Califonia 78-70—148
10:05 AM Rory Bourke, Melb, AUS 76-70—146
Dominic Bozzelli, Auburn University 71-76—147
Carlton Forrester, Atlanta, GA 74-73—147
10:15 AM Anthony Paolucci, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 73-73—146
JD Tomlinson, Gainsville, FL 73-73—146
Max Homa, UC Berkeley 72-74—146
10:25 AM Kramer Hickok, University of Texas 71-74—145
Andrew Yun, Stanford University 76-69—145
Bo Andrews, Georgia Tech 72-74—146
10:35 AM Tucker Wadkins, University of Arizona 74-71—145
Geoffrey Drakeford, Yarram, AUS 73-72—145
AJ Crouch, Jacksonville, FL 73-72—145
10:45 AM Austin Cody, Duke University 72-72—144
Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley, PA 69-75—144
Justin Shin, New Mexico State 72-72—144
10:55 AM Matthew NeSmith, University of South Carolina 70-73—143
Brett Drewitt, Long Reef, AUS 72-72—144
Richard Lamb, South Bend, IN 73-71—144
11:05 AM Keith Mitchell, University of Georgia 73-70—143
Brinson Paolini, Duke University 73-70—143
Cody Proveaux, Clemson 73-70—143
11:15 AM Anders Albertson, Georgia Tech 71-70—141
Ryan McCarthy, Burnie, AUS 71-72—143
Sean Dale, Jacksonville, FL 71-72—143
11:25 AM Bobby Wyatt, University of Alabama 66-73—139
Blayne Barber, Lake City, FL 69-71—140
Ben Campbell, Masterton, NEW ZEALAND 71-69—140
11:35 AM Daniel Nisbet, Caboolture, AUS 69-66—135
Daniel Berger, Jupiter, FL 67-71—138
Michael Weaver, Fresno, CA 69-70—139

 

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