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Andrew Hydorn Leads 85th Texas Senior Amateur after 36 Holes

HOUSTON – Houston’s Andrew Hydorn fired a second round 4-under 67 to take the 36-hole lead at the 85th Texas Senior Amateur. Hydorn matched the low round of the championship by rolling in five birdies on Champions Golf Club’s Jackrabbit Course.  

Hydorn, who finished T-6 at the 2020 Texas Senior Amateur, leads by three strokes over three players tied at 1-under par for the championship.

I hit it good today for the most part,” Hydorn said. “I hit 15 greens, but really, I putted really well today. I made a lot of 10-12 footers and that was the difference.”

Hydorn came out of the gates hot during Saturday’s second round by going 3-under in his first six holes. The lone bogey of the day came on the par-4 eighth hole, but the Northgate Country Club member tacked on two more birdies on the back nine.

“This whole year I’ve been playing terrible,” Hydorn said about his play of recent. “The last two weeks I’ve been playing well, so you know, that’s golf right?”

Hydorn will look to claim the Texas Senior Amateur title for the first time on Sunday.

Three shots back in a three-way tie for second are a trio of seasoned players eager to add the 85th Texas Senior Amateur to their resumes. John McClure of Austin, Amarillo’s Kyle Kelting, and Lewis Stephenson of Burleson all sit at 1-under for the championship.

Kelting, last year’s runner up, joins Hydorn as the only other player in the field to card consecutive rounds of even-par or better.

Stephenson is looking to add his name to the Frank M. Lewis Trophy for the third time having won the championship in 2016 and 2018.  

Sitting in solo fifth place is New Braunfels’ Terrence Miskell at even-par for the championship after a second round 2-over 73.

Saturday marked another great day of weather for the top seniors in state.

A group of five competitors find themselves in a tie for sixth at 1-over par total. Included in the log jam is round one leader Scott Smith of Montgomery. Smith carded a 5-over 76 in round two. He is joined by Houston’s Sandy Pierce, Chuck Gardner of Texarkana, Dallas’ Mark Motes, and 2015 champion Mike Booker of Houston.

Champions Golf Club was founded in 1957 by World Golf Hall of Fame members Jack Burke Jr. and the late Jimmy Demaret. Located approximately 20 miles northwest of downtown Houston, Champions features 36 holes that weave through a rolling landscape of tall pine trees, creeks, and waterways. Designed by Ralph Plummer, the Cypress Creek Course opened in 1959, followed by the Jackrabbit Course designed by George Fazio, which opened in 1964 and is the course being used for this week’s Championship. Tom Fazio, George’s nephew, supervised a renovation of the Jackrabbit Course in 2002. Chet Williams led a renovation of the Cypress Creek Course in 2018.

The final round of the 85th Texas Senior Amateur starts Sunday at 8 a.m. For more information, click here.