The final round of the Missouri Amateur Stroke Play championship is shaping up to be a real shootout today at Twin Oaks CC in Springfield. First round leader Joey Johnson followed up his opening four-under 67 with a one-under 70 and is tied for the lead with another collegian, Carr Vernon from Poplar Bluff and Cal State, Monterey Bay. Vernon shot the mirror image of Johnson’s 137 with a 70-67.
Six players are within three shots of the leaders and any are very capable of catching or passing Johnson and Vernon. Ladue HS grad and Kansas State recruit Seth Smith is alone at four-under with two rounds of 69. Brad Nurski, Tyler Stalker, and J.D. Nash are tied at three-under, and Brian Haskell and Jamie Hathcock are at minus two. Haskell and Nurski are especially dangerous as Brian won the Stroke play in 2011 and Brad in 2012. Both shot tournament low 66s yesterday to get into the mix. Stalker and Hathcock have lots of local knowledge at Twin Oaks and thus could be factors, too.