By Les Giles
For the Globe-News
Brayden Cruth and Clay Lankford will take a one-shot lead into today’s final round of the weather-shortened Coors Partnership at Comanche Trail as Cruth will attempt to win for the second time this summer while his partner will try to crack the winner’s circle for the first time.
This 54-hole event that features three different formats was reduced to 45 when Saturday’s low-ball round was limited to just nine holes for all flights because of more than six-inches of rain that has fallen in the past week.
”We felt this was going to be the best option, considering how much rain the golf course has taken in the past week,” said host pro George Priolo. ”At least this way, all of the flights can play 45 holes if we are able to complete it on time (today).”
Cruth and Lankford began the second round at the Arrowhead layout one shot back of first-round leaders Bobby Barber and Michael Casey of Borger. Cruth-Lankford shot 3-under 33 in round two for a 27-hole total of 16-under 92.
Barber and Casey were able to shoot even-par 36 as they dropped to solo third place at 14-under 94, one shot back of Michael Pruitt and J.D. Dickerson who are at 15-under 93 following a 4-under 32. The team of Nathan Sheen, a former standout at Randall High, and Tyson Mooring, a Amarillo High graduate, are in fourth place at 13-under 95 after a 5-under 31 that matched the low round of the day also shot by the team of Luke Kane-Ralph Ellis.
The team of John Dawson-Jimmy Jameson will begin today’s final round, which is the Modified Chapman (alternate shot) format tied for fifth place with former winners Tate Allred and Geoff Phemister. Dawson and Jameson shot 2-under 34 while Allred-Phemister carded a nifty 4-under 32 as both teams are at 12-under 96.
Today’s winning team can earn a berth in the Coors Tournament of Champions that will begin this coming Thursday at Amarillo Country Club. Of the top five teams entering today’s final round, only Cruth and Phemister have qualified for this year’s T of C. Cruth got in thanks to his win in the Happy State Bank Tall Tower Open while Phemister earned his berth via a win in the Michelob Ultra Men’s City Championship.