Albany Amateur shifts to Grand Island for final day

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Bad Burt. Bad, bad Burt.

One day after leading the senior championship flight in the Albany Amateur Championship with an opening-round 72, Bubba Burt's evil twin showed up.

He warned that "bad Burt" might show his ugly face, and he did Saturday at Stonebridge. Burt fell into second place with an 82, five shots behind leader Joe Dorner, who shot a 73 on his home course.

And it could have been a lot better if Dorner's flat stick would have cooperated, he insisted.

"I was more confident playing here, certainly, but I just couldn't believe how bad I putted," he said. "It was all over the lip, not going in. You just have days like this."

Tom Hall's 76 in the second round has him six shots back in the senior division as the final round of the three-day tournament concludes today at Grand Island Golf Club.

The three leaders from the men's championship flight, women's championship flight and mid-am championship flight after Friday's first round at Doublegate retained their leads on Day 2 of the tourney.

Spencer Davis followed his first-round 72 up with a 71 to lead Rod Murray and James Salter, two guys 20 years Davis' junior. Murray, the head baseball coach at Deerfield-Windsor, and Salter, a former baseball player himself, both fired 74s Saturday and are seven shots back of Davis.

But Davis said after his round that he's still concerned with the young guns nipping at his heels during today's finale at Grand Island -- and the potential for low scores looming.

"(Seven shots) is not enough," Davis said. "I like being where I am, but there's a lot of good young players right behind me."

His goal today to protect the lead?

"Play steady and make pars," Davis said.

Mike Cooper, who posted a 70 in Round 1 to lead the mid-am division, did it again in Round 2. Cooper's second 70 Saturday gives him a 14-shot cushion. Jamie Knight fired a 73 to keep pace but remains well off the lead in second.

Former tournament champ Kelly Pearce did all she could on 'moving day' of the 6th annual Albany Amateur Championship to make a move as her 69 was tied for low round of the day. The only problem was this: Kathryn Fowler matched it.

Fowler, an Americus native who redshirted in her first season at Ole Miss, kept her five-shot advantage with a 69 of her own after tallying a 71 at Doublegate on Friday. Fowler and Cooper are also tied for the low score of the tournament (140) after two rounds.