It’s going to be a monumental task to stop Travis Engle from winning his third consecutive title in the 67th annual Men’s County Open.
Entering Saturday’s second round three strokes off the lead following Friday’s first round at The Club at Strawberry Creek, Engle blistered the Brighton Dale Links Blue Spruce Course with a 6-under-par 66 to take a commanding six-shot lead in the Championship Flight over Justin Weir heading into today’s final round at Brighton Dale’s White Birch Course.
Engle, who has a two-day total of 138, is seeking his fifth County Open title in the last 12 years.
After an opening-round 78, Weir also had a fantastic second round, carding a 4-under 68 for a two-day total of 146. He’s alone in second place behind Engle.
Daniel DePrey is alone in third at 147 (73-74) and will tee off today on the first hole with Engle and Weir.
The final round will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
The other grouping to start on the first hole will feature Kevin Wall, last year’s runner-up, who carded a 73 on Saturday and is 10 shots back of Engle at 148. Recent Central standout Zach Kramer held the first-round lead after a 69 but struggled with an 80 Saturday for a two-day total of 149.
Daniel Mueller is in sixth place at 151 (77-74) and will play in the threesome with Wall and Kramer.
Golfers were separated into three flights following Saturday’s round.
The A Flight features a three-way tie at the top between Tyler Roebke, Travis Shearier and Keith Lally, all at 163. After shooting a 91 on Friday, Lally fired an even-par 72 for the first time Saturday to rocket up the A Flight standings.
Francis McKenney (164) is one shot back in the A Flight, Matthew Kuzniar, Taylor Bedrosian, Craig Lesperance and Dan Beck are all two shots back at 165, while Patrick Mayew — who had a hole-in-one Friday — Stephen Grimm and Robert Garren are each just three strokes back at 166.
In the B Flight, Dave Cutts fired a 3-over 75 on Saturday to move into a tie atop the leaderboard with Terry Simmons at 177. Mark Mergele and Dave Allen are each one shot back at 178, while Mark Lesperance and Ben Peters are two strokes behind at 179.
The Championship Flight will play the White Birch Course at its full length of over 7,000 yards, while the A and B Flights will play it at about 6,400 yards.
For Saturday’s full results and today’s pairings, see the Scoreboard, Page C4.