Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Barry, Estes Battle to Share of Lead

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Barry, Estes Battle to Share of Lead

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In a 54-hole championship golf tournament on a course like Bellerive Country Club, it's not always a case of how well you can throw a punch, but how well you take one.

During Round 2 of the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association Championship, Bellerive landed its share of blows. Former Metro champion Derre Owsley suffered a quadruple bogey on a hole; two-time champion Don Bliss absorbed triple- and double-bogeys. First-round leader David Estes was cuffed around from the start, taking a double-bogey on his third hole of the day.

Some hung on, many more didn't as the tournament headed into the final 18-hole round today. With a score of 154 representing the cut, the field of 129 was trimmed to 40. Play will begin at 6:45 a.m. today with the highest scores teeing off first.

Estes took his standing 6 count at the par-4 No. 3 and managed to keep his composure to shoot a 2-over-par 73 and maintain a share of the lead. Tom Barry, who shot the day's only subpar round with a 1-under 70, drew even with Estes at 143.

"Today wasn't as easy as it was yesterday," said Estes, who shot the only subpar round (70) on Thursday. "I think the double-bogey put some added pressure on me, and I felt it most of the day.

"The golf course was tougher. The pin placements were a lot harder to get to. It was a little tougher today and it will be a little more difficult tomorrow, and that's the way it should be."

The course played at 6,880 yards Friday and will be set up to 7,000 today.

Bliss' round was enough to make one seasick, as he went from bogey to birdie and back again. But he threw in enough small numbers to salvage a 3-over 74 and lurks 5 strokes off the lead. "That was the worst I've ever seen him play and the best I've ever seen him play," said Joan Bliss, who followed her husband around.

Don Bliss added: "The good news is, I'm still in the tournament."

Dustin Ashby, who won the St. Louis District Championship earlier this year, stood his ground with a 71 and is just 1 stroke back at 144. …

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