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Andy Spencer takes lead at golf’s Watson Challenge

Andy Spencer
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Golfer Andy Spencer finished the second round of the 2017 Watson Challenge as the leader with one round to go.

Spencer, who plays in college at KU, shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday at Milburn Country Club in Overland Park, jumping past first-day leader Chase Hanna, who shot a 1-under 71 on Saturday.

Spencer is at 7-under 137 heading into Sunday’s final round, 3 strokes ahead of the second-place Hanna, who is at 4-under.

Hanna, who finished his college career at Kansas this past season, also has something else in common with Spencer: Both are graduates of Shawnee Mission East.

Spencer and Hanna will be in the final group (10 a.m. tee-off) on Sunday along with Sean Dougherty, who is tied for third after a 71 on Saturday that left him 6 strokes back of Spencer.

Legendary Kansas City golfer Tom Watson was tied for 26th after shooting a 5-over 77 on Saturday. Watson, who is at 9-over 153 for the tournament, will tee-off at 8:30 a.m.

Tickets can still be purchased for $25 at Milburn Country Club and are valid for the final day of the three-day, 54-hole tournament. All juniors under 18 years of age do not need a ticket.

Leader board

Note: a-amateur, p-professional

Place, golfer

Par

R1-2

Total

1. Andy Spencer (a)

-7

70-67

137

2. Chase Hanna (a)

-4

69-71

140

T3. Tyler Dunn (p)

-1

72-71

143

T3. Sean Dougherty (p)

-1

72-71

143

5. Ryan Zech (p)

E

73-71

144

6. Steve Groom (a)

+1

70-75

145

T7. Curtis Yonke (p)

+2

71-75

146

T7. Harry Higgs (p)

+2

71-75

146

T7. Alex Higgs (p)

+2

73-73

146

T7. Clay Devers (p)

+2

74-72

146

T7. Rob Wilkin (p)

+2

72-74

146

T12. Travis Mays (a)

+3

73-74

147

T12. Alex Springer (a)

+3

76-71

147

14. Alex Forristal (p)

+4

74-74

148

T15. Chris Mabry (p)

+5

70-79

149

T15. Matt Green (p)

+5

74-75

149

T15. Ryne Fisher (a)

+5

76-73

149

T15. Jeff Sedorcek (p)

+5

76-73

149

T19. Aaron Watkins (p)

+6

76-74

150

T19. Bryan Norton (a)

+6

74-76

150

T19. Ryan Bender (a)

+6

77-73

150

22. Blake Allen (a)

+7

76-75

151

T23. Josh Weems (p)

+8

77-75

152

T23.John Richman (p)

+8

78-74

152

T23.Matt Murdoch (p)

+8

79-73

152

T26. Tom Watson (p)

+9

76-77

153

T26. Joe Ida (a)

+9

77-76

153

T26. Luke Smith (p)

+9

78-75

153

29. Joe Winslow (p)

+10

77-77

154

T30. Christian Ghilardi (a)

+11

74-81

155

T30. Jeff Sheppard (p)

+11

77-78

155

T30. Mark Terranova (a)

+11

75-80

155

T30. Zac Gavlak (p)

+11

77-78

155

T30. Preston Fleenor (a)

+11

78-77

155

T35. Jeff Bell (a)

+12

75-81

156

T35. Matt Kelley (a)

+12

77-79

156

T35. Mark Addington (a)

+12

79-77

156

T35. Nick Burkart (p)

+12

80-76

156

T39. Nate Sargent (p)

+14

80-78

158

T39. Evan Scobie (p)

+14

81-77

158

41. Colton Allen (a)

+15

83-76

159

42. Chris Piedimonte (p)

+16

83-77

160

43. Mike Tanner (p)

+17

80-81

161

44. Zane Burgess (p)

+19

83-80

163

T45. Ben Perry (p)

+20

82-82

164

T45. Justin Wingerter (a)

+20

82-82

164

T45. Chris Bussell (p)

+20

84-80

164

48. Vern Bennett (a)

+23

81-86

167

SUNDAY’S TEE TIMES

(All times are a.m.)

7:30: Ben Perry, Justin Wingerter, Vern Bennett

7:40: Mike Tanner, Zane Burgess, Chris Bussell

7:50: Nate Sargent, Colton Allen, Chris Piedimonte

8:00: Matt Kelley, Jeff Bell, Evan Scobe

8:10: Christian Ghilardi, Nick Burkart, Mark Addington

8:20: Jeff Sheppard, Zac Gavlak, Mark Terranova

8:30: Tom Watson, Joe Winslow, Preston Fleenor

8:40: Josh Weems, Luke Smith, Joe Ida

8:50: Blake Allen, John Richman, Matt Murdoch

9:00: Ryan Bender, Aaron Watkins, Bryan Norton

9:10: Ryne Fisher, Matt Green, Chris Mabry

9:20: Travis Mays, Alex Forristal, Jeff Sedorcek

9:30: Curtis Yonke, Harry Higgs, Alex Springer

9:40: Clay Devers, Alex Higgs, Rob Wilkin

9:50: Tyler Dunn, Ryan Zech, Steve Groom

10:00: Andy Spencer, Chase Hanna, Sean Dougherty

PGA Tour Schedule

June 8-11 — FedEx St. Jude Classic, TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.

June 15-18 — U.S. Open, Erin Hills, Hartford, Wis.

June 22-25 — Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

June 29-July 2 — Quicken Loans National, TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, Md.

July 6-9 — The Greenbrier Classic, The Greenbrier (The Old White TPC), White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

July 13-16 — John Deere Classic, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.

July 20-23 — British Open, Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, England

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