Manny Bhakta's 70 took the first round lead in the Horseshoe Bay Invitational. Bhakta is shown here on the left receiving last year's trophy from Glenn Lee, former Director of Golf at Horseshoe Bay. Bhakta's 70 was the only under par round of the day on the difficult Ram Rock Golf Course.
One shot behind Bhakta is Jack Cersosimo, who recorded an even par 72. Cersosimo, shown here on the right in orange, lead late in the final round of last year's Invitational, only to suffer late round bogeys and fall just short of the title. That experience may prove valuable in the final round tomorrow.
Closely bunched behind the leaders were a number of notable players including Jimmy Keener at one over, Johnathan Alden, former champion Nicholas Cristi, and Kody King at two over par.
A number of other players are within striking distance of the leader. See the full field scoring and pairings for the second round at Austin Amateur Golf.