Rain, Rain Go Away
When day two of the 2013 Tim Selinske United States Masters Championships was set to begin, the clouds started to build over Cedarock Park. The Carolinas have a propensity to deliver afternoon showers in late Spring, and today would be no different. With a two hour downpour in the early afternoon, the players would not only be challenged by the courses, but the elements as well. Rain golf is different; some feel that a more conservative approach might assist in avoiding mistakes, while others play more aggressive in order to capitalize on others mild-mannered method. We saw a bit of both, and the leaderboards have been shaken.
The pro divisions had a chance to play the Cedarock course today, which has beautiful, wide open fairways and plenty of opportunities to score. In the Masters division, Patrick Brown, from San Francisco, started the day in the lead, but that would quickly change. North Carolina’s own Brian Schweberger played phenomenally in the second round, carding a course-record tying 44, or 14 under par. Still nipping at his heels was Brown, Jay “Yeti” Reading and defending champion Barry Schultz.
Fortunately for the pro divisions, the rain came during the lunch break. On the flip side, now the course was soaked and the conditions for the third round would change. Tee pads would become slippery. Discs and hands and feet would now be soaked with every release. A new type of concentration would be required in order to finish the day on top.
After the rain, Jay Reading came out on fire. After barely missing a 45 footer on the first hole, he would not look back. From there he would only miss one more birdie on his way to a bogey-free 16 under par, besting the course record by two strokes and catapulting his way up to first place. Tied with “Yeti” at the top is Schweberger, who eagled the 600 foot 17th hole to knot it up before the end of the day. Rounding out the lead card for tomorrow will be Patrick Brown and Florida’s JohnE McCray.
In the women’s division, it took two rounds to separate Elaine King and Des Reading. After shooting two identical rounds to start the tournament, Des displayed patience, poise and finesse in the afternoon as she slipped into the lead. Elaine King is a mere three shots back, which is certainly within reach with one round to play. Local star and last year’s Amateur Women’s Masters World Champion Michelle Horn is in third position. It’s not often you find three world champions in one group.
In the Grandmasters division, Johnny Sias and Dean Tannock started the day tied for the lead. After the second round this morning, Tannock began to inch away. He finished round 2 with a -10, putting him in the lead over Sias by one. Jim Oates from California and Gregg Hosfeld would round out this star-studded lead card for the third round. Tannock again had the low score in his division, taking the lead by four strokes over Sias headed in to the final round tomorrow.
The Senior Grandmasters are a lively, spry bunch. Although the division lacks in quantity, it certainly makes up for it in talent. Alan Beaver has proven time and time again why he is the man to beat over 60, and he is doing it again this weekend. After shooting an average round rating of 1000 today, he sits atop the leaderboard at 20 under par, 17 strokes ahead of his nearest competitor, John Porter and is 20 strokes in front of Charlie Mead, who currently sits in third.
The Amateur divisions saw the worst of the weather today. With tee times beginning at 8:00 am on the Rock Creek course, some managed to escape in front of the rain, while others were trapped out in a downpour. The Advanced Masters division is tight at the top. Jerry Dobbins sits one ahead of Todd Hardesty with only one round left to play. In the Grandmasters field, David Muntean Jr. is at -20 and 12 strokes in front of his closest competitor. There is a tie at the top of the Senior Grandmasters division as Jim Banbury and Chuck Hornsby are knotted up at 8 under par.