Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Trio Leads Talented Group ; MEN'S CITY GOLF TOURNAMENT Niemann, Wassmer, Frazer Tie with 133 after Two Rounds

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Trio Leads Talented Group ; MEN'S CITY GOLF TOURNAMENT Niemann, Wassmer, Frazer Tie with 133 after Two Rounds

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The only meaningful thing besides the game the leaders of the Evansville Courier & Press Men's City Golf Tournament had in common late Sunday was their total. Brad Niemann, Kevin Wassmer and Nick Frazer all made a date to play together next Saturday in the third round at Rolling Hills by arriving at 8-under 133 by divergent routes around Helfrich on Saturday and Fendrich on Sunday.

That gave them a one-shot lead over 2010 champion Matt Hancock, who's at 134; three shots on Sean Stone, the 2012 IHSAA individual and team state champion from Harrison, who's at 5-under 136; and four shots on Ryan Terry and Marty Summers, who are at 137.

Niemann, the first-round leader and former champion (2009), refused to take a step back from the top and followed his 4-under 67 on Saturday with a 4-under 66 on Sunday at par 70 Fendrich.

"I absolutely did what I wanted to do today," Niemann said. "I couldn't ask for anything more than 4-under both days, and I was thrilled to birdie two of the last three holes after watching what Kevin (Wassmer) did on No. 6."

What Wassmer, the nine-time former champion, did was leave witnesses agog by driving the ball hole high and three feet away from the flag at the 360-yard par-4 sixth. Then he sank the putt for eagle.

"I hit it right where I was looking," said Wassmer, who shot 65 Sunday. "I figured if I carried it to that downslope (which he did) it had a chance, but then I didn't see my ball until I looked on the green and it was pretty close. I'm happy with my round and my position,"

So was Frazer after struggling to an even-par 71 Saturday at Helfrich. Then he made six straight birdies at one point Sunday and finished with an 8-under 62, easily the best round of the day.

"I was actually happy with my score Saturday because I got back spasms with four holes to play and wasn't even sure I could finish," said Frazer, last year's runner-up. …

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