There are a variety of ways to gain a share of the lead in the Firecracker Open. Erik Henson shot a bogey free 66, Riley Pumphrey combined a triple bogey, an eagle and five birdies for 67 while Alex Levy made five birdies and three bogeys for a 69. After the dust settled, they all stood at nine under par after two rounds.
One shot behind the leaders lurks the threesome of Steve Paterson, Brian Noonan and Logan Boatner. Noonan and Paterson each have impressive resumes on the local tournament circuit and Boatner is one of the collegiate players with Austin ties. All are capable of shooting a low round on Sunday and winning the championship.
Michael Cooper, a two time winner of the Firecracker, and Joe Beck III who plays for Rice University, are another shot back at seven under par. Jeff Shell and Robert Evans are three back back at six under par.
On a day when the course was set up for scoring, there were five players that recorded 66 including Tim Mitchell, Cyrus Turner, Steve Patterson, Erik Henson and C. White III.
Eight players recorded 67’s. There were no scores lower than 66 and as usual, Muny extracted it’s due from players that were not on their game. The 36 hole cut allows the low 72 players and ties to advance to the final round of the tournament. The cut line was at six over par.