Mock in the Lead after Round Two
Kevin Mock of Tampa fired his second consecutive round of 2-under par 70 at Pine Tree Golf Club to lead after the second round of the 83rd Florida State Amateur Championship. Clearwater's Brendan Takacs is a stroke behind in second place.
Mock, who just finished his eligibility at the University of North Florida, had an eagle and two birdies on the back nine to go with two bogeys on the front. His eagle was on the 500-yard par 5 10th hole. After hitting driver, Mock hit the flagstick with his 4-wood. His eagle putt was only 2 feet, He added a turning 15- foot birdie putt on the 12th hole and a 20-foot putt on 17 to finish with a 38-32--70.
"I hit it better today," Mock said. "It felt like a better 70 today than it did yesterday. I'm feeling pretty solid."
Takacs, who took a year off after high school and enrolled in the David Leadbetter Academy in Bradenton, also eagled the 10th hole to go with 1 bogey and 16 pars.
"I'm hitting the ball the best I have ever hit it," the 18-year old Takacs said.
Tallahassee's Matthew Anderson shot 2-under par 70 Friday to follow his first-round 72. Anderson was an alternate and was not called to play until Tuesday. He arrived at the course Thursday morning a couple of hours prior to his tee time, After shooting 4-over par on the first 9 holes, he shot 4-under par with 5 birdies on the back to shoot even-par. He followed that same routine again in the second round with a 1-over 37 on the front and a 3-under par 33 on the back.
"This is the best I've ever played in a big tournament," the upcoming sophomore from Florida Atlantic University said.
Sarasota's Mark Leetzow, who is a 2-time State Amateur champion and was co-leader after the first round, shot a 1-over 73 to stand alone in 4th place.
Seventy-two players made the cut at 12-over 156. Third round tee times begin at 8:00 a.m.