Cooper and Reynolds Share Lead at Spring Mid-Am

Michael Cooper and Peach Reynolds shot even par 72 at Jimmy Clay Golf Course to tie for the lead in the Morris Williams Spring Mid-Amateur tournament. 

Cooper, who now plays a limited schedule and spends his time primarily with his family and earning a living,  is a two time winner of the City Championship and the Firecracker Open as well as a former winner of the Spring Mid-Amateur tournament. He played golf for the Longhorns with Justin Leonard and Harrison Frazier, qualified for and participated in several U.S. Amateurs and U.S. Mid Amateur tournaments, and finished T13 in the 2011 State Amateur Tournament.  He is always a factor in local tournaments and figures to be in contention late Sunday. 


Reynolds is coming off an excellent year in 2011 that included qualifying for the U.S. Mid Amateur and the U.S. Senior Amateur and a 2nd in the Bluebonnet Cup.  He and his son Jay appeared on the Golf Channel's Big Break a couple of years ago.  He finished third on the AAG Senior points rankings in 2011.

Peter McGibney, Ryan Fisher, and Steve Paterson all posted 73 and are poised to challenge the leaders on Sunday.  McGibney finished 2nd in the AAG points standing for 2011 and recently entertained his father and brothers from Ireland.  They played a number of the Austin and San Antonio courses during their visit and generally enjoyed the Central Texas golfing experience.

Patterson finished third in the 2011 AAG rankings so it is no surprise that he and McGibney are in contention. 

Mike Allen, last year's leading Senior, and Mike Hartwood are in at 74 while Kody King, Randy Reynolds, and Drew Bell are in at 75. 

King is the current Men's City Champion and was poised to post even par until a triple bogey on #18 derailed his round.  Drew Bell, the current Central Texas Amateur title holder, had an up and down round that included several birdies and bogeys as well as a chip in for birdie on #12.

The course played difficult due to the wind and the greens being somewhat inconsistent.  Although the wind was docile early in the day, by 10:30 to 11:00 it was up and continued to build through the afternoon, making scoring more difficult. The weather forecast is for more of the same on Sunday so the leaders will have their challenges as the day progresses.

The greens are transitioning from the winter rye to summer bermuda and are currently a combination of both grasses, resulting in varying speeds within a particular green and from one green to another. 

Second Round Pairings by Score are available at this link… Spring Mid-am rd2


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