Former US Amateur Stars Continue To Leave Mark In Texas


Canadian Tour-LargeDespite seeing his course record broken after just one day Friday, Jeff Quinney still holds the lead after the second round of the Canadian Tours Texas Classic.
The 2000 U.S. Amateur champion carded 3-under 69 for a 36-hole total of 133, one shot better than Steve Scott and Roger Tambellini. Bryn Parry of Vancouver is the top Canadian at 8-under, leaving him tied for fourth spot with defending Order Of Merit winner Aaron Barber (Orlando, Fla.) and 1998 U.S. Amateur champion Hank Kuehne.
After starting the day eight shots off the lead, Kuehne carded an 8-under 64 Friday to climb to within striking distance.
The Tours first official event of the season features a $150,000 total purse.
Less than 24 hours after setting a new Kingwood Country Club Forest Course record with an opening-round 64, Quinney saw the mark bettered by one on Friday by Scott. The 24-year-old Scott, the runner up-to Tiger Woods in the 1996 U.S. Amateur final, set the new benchmark despite battling a stomach virus all day, a condition that kept him awake most of Thursday night.
That is a heck of a score on this track, and it looks like he took advantage of the morning draw, said Quinney of Scotts round. I didnt hit the ball as well as I did Thursday, but anytime you shoot low you need a couple of breaks. Hank got off to a great start today and he got a couple of bounces when he needed them.
Quinney was paired with Kuehne and reigning U.S. Amateur champion Bubba Dickerson Friday. The third round will see him teamed with Tambellini and Scott, but Quinney refuses to look too far ahead.
I dont pay any attention to the leaderboard, it really doesnt matter what anyone else is doing. My job is to go out, make birdies and try to go as low as I can. Its going to be a real dogfight this weekend.
For the second time in as many days, golfers teeing it up in the morning draw took full advantage of the calm winds before strong gusts began to swirl throughout Kingwood in the early afternoon.
A weary Scott arrived at Kingwood just after daybreak Friday and birdied four of his first six holes out of the gate.
To tell you the truth, I felt worse today then I did (Thursday) night, said the two-time U.S. Walker Cup Team member, adding wife/caddy Kristi was up with him most of the night. I have no idea how I pulled that off today - but you know what they say, beware of the sick man.
Widely regarded as one of the top putters on Tour, Scott used that strength to his advantage in the second round, needing just 25 putts all day.
Im feeling good about my overall play right now, but putting is everything in this game. Everything feeds off how many you can get to drop.
Tambellini, scheduled to leave to play the Buy.Com Tour after next weeks Texas Challenge in Austin, is pleased to be heading into the weekend after two solid rounds (66,68).
I hit a couple of tentative shots coming home (Friday) that may have hurt me a bit, admitted Tambellini, who was also one of the six involved in the Vancouver playoff last June. But I think I am playing well. As long as I stay aggressive, I should be fine on the weekend.
Now into his second year on the Canadian Tour, Parry, whose best finish was a tie for 10th at last years CanAm Days Championship in South Carolina, is gaining confidence with each start. The 30-year-old spent the off-season working with coach Doug Morgan and also teamed up with a sports psychologist in Vancouver.
I have a lot of trust in Doug, and its worked out very well for me, he said. I started feeling a lot more comfortable about halfway through last year, and now I seem to be playing more to my expectations. Playing in some better groups has helped me with my confidence to play at that level.