July 20, 2013

Seiffert Chases Mauchaza

Defending Champion, Chase Seiffert, Sits One Off The Lead

The weather was no match for Defending Champion, Chase Seiffert, of Panama City, who fired a six-under par 66, 36-hole total of 137, at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, heading into the final round of the 67th Florida Open Championship. Nyasha Mauchaza continues to hold the lead after round two with a 36-hole total of 136, eight-under par. The Championship continues at Quail Valley Golf Club on July 21. 

Weather suspended play at both courses, testing players' patience with a three hour weather delay at Quail Valley Golf Club and a four hour delay at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club. Seiffert, who captured the 66th Florida Open title, began his round with a birdie on 1 and continued on with an eagle on the par five 4th hole. Adding another birdie on 9, Seiffert carded an impressive 32 on the front. Keeping the momentum going on his back nine, Seiffert added four more birdies on 14, 15, 17 and 18. Along with the 2012 Florida Open Championship, Seiffert also Captured the 2012 Amateur Championship and Amateur Match-Play Championship. Mauchaza, of Port Saint Lucie, who also teed up at Orchid Island, got off to a slow start, carding a two-over par 38 on the front. Turning it around on the back nine, Mauchaza posted birdies on 10, 11 and 18. Excited about his one shot lead, "All the hard work I've put in has shown signs of coming through, so I'm feeling good and just one shot at a time out there tomorrow," said Mauchaza.

Tyler McCumber, of Ponte Vedra Beach, and Gene Fieger, of Naples, share the tie for second with Seiffert. Today's scoring averages was a 73.8 at Quail Valley and 76 at Orchid Island. Sixty-one players advance to the final round with a 36-hole total of three-over par 147.

For Round 2 results - click here. 

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