On moving day of the Watson Challenge, a new leader emerged after 36 holes of competition.
Andy Spencer, 2017 Watson Challenge Champion, shot up the leader board with a 66 (-6) round on the day to get him to 8-under total for the tournament. Spencer started off strong with four birdies through the first five holes. Two more birdies came on the back nine on #13 and #14 and an incredible sand-par save on 18 to get into the clubhouse at 6 under.
Robert Russell had himself a great round with three birdies and a an eagle on the Par-5, 10th where he holed out from 100 yards in the fairway. His 69 (-3) round matched his round one and put Russell in second place.
Tied for third is Tom Watson and Ryan Argotsinger, our co-leaders after day one. Both players had an up and down round. Argotsinger had a couple bogeys but fought back with four birdies to finish even par on his second round and five under for the tournament. Watson also had a few mistakes throughout his second round but was able to fight back with three birdies to finish even par as well.
Tyler Docking finished his day fifth with a carded round of 70 (-2) that ended on an eagle on the Par-5, 18th. Chase Hanna, the 2015 Watson Champion, made perhaps the biggest jump up next to Andy Spencer with four under round that included two birdies and an eagle on the 18th as well. Hanna finished sixth overall with his 73, 68 (141).
Championship Sunday is bound to bring lots of excitement and leader board changes as the top players battle for the title. We hope to see many of the fans out at Shadow Glen Golf Course tomorrow to watch some great golf. Tom Watson will tee off in the second to last group at 9:50 AM alongside Chase Hanna and Tyler Docking. The final pairing will go at 10:00 AM with Ryan Argotsinger, Robert Russell, and Andy Spencer.
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By Taylor Albritton, KCGA Intern