June 8, 2007

TRINITY, Texas - UT Arlington sophomore Bobby Massa scorched his final nine holes, going six-under-par 30 en route to an even-par round of 72 and is tied for seventh place at the midway point of the 2007 Texas State Amateur Championship at the Whispering Pines Golf Club here Friday.

The four-day tournament continues Saturday on the par-72, 7,480-yard layout. Whispering Pines GC is located 30 miles northeast of Huntsville.

Teeing off from the No. 10 hole, Massa struggled on the opening nine hole. After a birdie on the par-4 No. 10, Massa followed with a double bogey, bogey and quadruple bogey and threatened the miss the cut. But the Irving, Texas, product rallied with five birdies and an eagle before a bogey on his final hole, the par-4, No. 9 hole.

Massa leads a group of four Mavericks to make the cut of eight-over-par 152. Fifty-five golfers advanced to the Saturday's play. Charlie Holland of Dallas and Terrence Miskell of New Braunfels share the lead at 139. Only four golfers have under-par scores through the first two rounds.

Senior-to-be Zack Reeves (Arlington, Texas) had an even-par 72 and sits at four-over-par 148. Reeves is tied for 18th, one stroke better than freshman Jamey Taylor. Taylor, who posted a top-five finish at the EDS Byron Nelson Junior two weeks ago, is tied for 25th with a second day score of 73.

Junior-to-be Michael Mullin (Austin, Texas) rallied after an opening day 79 with an even-par 72 to sit at 151 and tied for 38th place.

Freshman Zack Fischer (Texarkana, Texas) improved his score by six strokes with a 75 after an opening day 81, but failed to make the cut.

The Texas Amateur has produced a notable list of winners in its 98-year history and has long been considered to be the state's most coveted amateur title. Over a dozen current PGA Tour and Champions Tour players have their named engraved on the H.L. Edwards Memorial Trophy, including Mark Brooks, Charles Coody, Ben Crenshaw, Bob Estes, Bruce Lietzke and Scott Verplank.




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