Unity's Justin Wood No. 1 at Amateur Men's golf championship

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Prince Albert golfer Clayton Mullis chips onto the green to finish off round two of the 2014 Saskatchewan Amateur Men’s golf championship on Tuesday at Cooke Municipal Golf Course. Following round two action, Mullis sits tied for second on the leader board along with Calgary’s Levi McDermott and fellow Prince Albert golfer Martin Ring. Herald photo by Andrew Schopp

 

The No. 1 spot on the 2014 Saskatchewan Amateur Men’s golf championship’s leader board has shifted to Unity’s Justin Wood following round two action on Tuesday at Cooke Municipal Golf Course.

Humboldt’s Michael Herperger, who headed into round two leading the pack, struggled to keep up the pace, shooting a 79-stroke round two on Tuesday to drop to a tie for 18th place. 

Following an impressive 67-stroke round on Monday, Wood shot 69 on Tuesday, dropping four birdies while bogeying two on the 6,299-yard, par-73 course.

As was the case in round one, one of the stronger local performances came from Prince Albert’s Clayton Mullis, who with a total of 140 stokes through two rounds sits tied for second along with Calgary’s Levi McDermott and fellow Prince Albert golfer Martin Ring.

Mullis, who shot a 71 on Monday, said his spirits are high as he and Ring lead the pack of a healthy number of Prince Albert golfers competing in the tournament.

“It feels really good,” Mullis said of his place near the top of the leader board. “I know this course inside and out, so it’s just a matter of playing it.”

After draining five birdies and a pair of eagles on Monday, Mullis stayed steady in round two, dropping birdies on the third, sixth and 11th holes.

Playing on his home turf, Mullis admitted that he and the strong contingent of local golfers competing in the tournament have a bit of an edge. 

“It definitely helps,” Mullis said of how his familiarity with Cooke plays to his advantage. “You know where to go, where not to. The out-of-towners can have some issues (with the greens), but when you play here all the time, it’s second nature.”

Other Prince Albert golfers hitting their hometown links at Cooke include; Danny Klughart (T21st), Cam Bergen (T29th), Travis Jenkins (85th), Justin Paradis (34th), Cory Selander (11th), Zach Hurd (T18th), Brett Henry (T8th) and Cory Sawchuk (38th).

Saskatoon-born golfer David Stewart, who won last year's tournament, shot a 70-stroke round as he enters round three on Wednesday in a three-way tie for eighth place.

Cooke last hosted the Amateur Championship in 2007 when Stewart’s father Ron took home his third provincial title. 

Ron Stewart is competing alongside his son in the 103rd edition of the tournament, shooting 78 on Tuesday while sinking a birdie on the 11th hole. 

The 72-hole, four-round tournament continues with round three action on Wednesday with the first group teeing off at 7 a.m.

The field will be trimmed down to 36 golfers for the final round on Thursday at Cooke. 

andrew.schopp@paherald.sk.ca 

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