July 18, 2009

Murray Leads Florida Open After Round Two

Thomas Murray posts a two-round 11-under par 133 to take a six stroke lead heading into the final round of the 63rd Florida Open Championship

Thomas Murray, of Orange Park, played a solid round of golf on Friday posting a 4-under par 68 on John’s Island West to trail the first round leaders by one stroke. Murray continued his solid play in the second round with a 30 on the front nine, which included six birdies and no bogeys. Murray played consistent on the back nine carding a 35 for a round of 7-under par 65. Murray’s two-round total of 133 puts him at 11-under par for the Championship. Murray recently qualified and played in the United States Amateur Public Links Championship held at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Oklahoma.

Rod Perry, of Port Orange, sits six strokes back of Murray with a two-round total of 139. Perry, a PGA Professional at the Daytona Beach Golf Club carded a 67 at Quail Valley Golf Club in round one to share the first round lead and shot a second round even par 72 on John’s Island West. Joseph Kern, of Vero Beach and the Head Professional at the Indian River Club, currently stands in third place after firing a second round 74 on John’s Island West to sit at 3-under par 141 for the championship and eight shots behind Murray. Six competitors are tied in fourth place with a two-round total of 142, two under par including Scott Turner, of Palm City. Turner a PGA Professional at Hammock Creek shot a first round 74 on John’s Island West and a second round 68 at Quail Valley Golf Club. Jason Martin, of Jupiter, who is a PGA Professional at Pine Tree Golf Club along with Alan Morin, of Royal Palm Beach, a PGA Professional at The Falls Golf Club posted rounds 69-73. Brian Peaper, of North Palm Beach, who is the Head Golf Professional at the Lost Tree Club and Steve Madsen, of Boca Raton, the Director of Golf at Boca Grove Golf & Tennis Club carded back- to-back one under par 71’s. Charlie Grace, of Windermere, also sits at 2 under par 142 after posting rounds of 69-73. 2006 Public Links Champion Jon Veneziano is currently tied for tenth place after posting a second round 2 over par 74 on John’s Island West.

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