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Bennink extends EDGA Amateur Lead

Posted: August 13th, 2022

Defending champion Connor Bennink extended his lead to 5 after completion of the second round in the 102nd EDGA Amateur Championship. His round of 65 puts him at 12-under par for 36 holes. His performance thus far has been record breaking. His 7-under par 65 betters the mark of 6-under held by 5 players, the 36-hole score of -12 is 5 shots better than the record held since 1988 by Mike Capotis. The tournament record of -9 is certainly in jeopardy with one round to go. He also can become the event’s 10th back-to-back champion.

The previous low score at Lawrence Park was 68. Thus far that mark has been beat 4 times, twice by Bennink with his rounds of 67 and 65, and twice more in round two by Abe Holmes and Alex Weir who both shot 67. Weir, last year’s runner up and the runner up in the last 2 Match Play Championships sits in second at -7 on rounds of 70 and 67. Mike Wolfe, who missed last year’s playoff by 1 stroke is 3 more back at -4 with a second round 68.

The 2022 EDGA Match Play Champion Matt Barto is tied for 4th with 2017 & 2019 Champion Tyler Cozad. Both players had rounds of 70 and 71. There are 4 players tied for 6th at 2-under par, Abe Holmes (75-67), Jimmy Callaghan (71-71), Ryan Ferry (71-71) and Isaiah Swan (70-72).  The top ten is rounded about by 3 players at +2, Billy Colbert (75-71), 4-time EDGA Major Champion Drew Deimel (74-72), and 2021 EDGA Match Play Champion Jon Merriott (72-74).

The cut line fell at a score of +7 151 with 24 players and ties. The players will play in the event’s final round tomorrow beginning at 9:30am at Lawrence Park. Prizes will be awarded to the top 15.

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