Migdal, Westrich Share Lead Heading into Final Round at St. Louis Country Club
Ladue, MO – Joe Migdal and Nick Westrich each fired 5-under 66s on moving day Friday at the 31st Metropolitan Amateur Championship. The two will make up the final pairing tomorrow morning at St. Louis Country Club.
Migdal, who shot even par on Thursday, carded five birdies and an eagle on Friday on his way to a tie for first on the leaderboard. Starting on No. 10, Migdal was 2-under his first four holes until his only bogey on the back came on No. 14. An eagle on the next put him at 3-under overall and just one back of the lead.
Migdal, who plays out of Aberdeen Golf Club, made bogey on the hardest hole of the day, the par 4 4th, but bounced back by going bogey-free the rest of the round with three birdies to get in at 5-under.
“Yesterday was really good, hit 17 greens just didn’t get anything out of them,” Migdal said. “I made a lot of putts today. I knew I just had to stay patient and hit fairways and the putts will start to drop.”
Playing two groups behind Migdal, Nick Westrich turned in the second 5-under round of the day. The junior at Central Missouri started on No. 10 and went bogey-free 5-under his first 10 holes of the day before back-to-back bogeys on the front par 3s. Two birdies down the stretch got him back to 5-under and a tie for the lead.
“I didn’t have a practice round out here, so yesterday was just playing for the fairway, didn’t really know where I was going and just hit the middle of the green,” Westrich said. “Today, I knew where I was going so played a little more aggressive and had a few more putts fall today.”
Westrich and Migdal tied for the second-lowest first 36-holes score in Metropolitan Amateur Championship history, shooting 137 (71-66) the first two days of competition. Their 5-under round Friday tied for the second-lowest second round score.
Brad Carpenter sits in a tie for third after a 3-under 68 on Friday. The 2019 champion started on No. 10 and carded 8 pars and a bogey on the back-nine, making the turn at 1-over. The Franklin County Country Club member finished with birdies on four of his last five holes to post a 68 and have a two-day total of 139 (71-68, -3).
18-hole co-leader Drew Pranger sits in a tie with Carpenter after a 1-over 72. The Glen Echo member started on No. 1 and made the turn at 1-under, but four bogeys in his first five holes on the back put him at 1-under overall. For the second time in as many days, Pranger put together a string of birdies on his second nine, this time on No.’s 15-17. A bogey on the last got him in at 3-under overall for a two-day total of 139 (67-72, -3).
Pranger and Carpenter’s 139 total so far tied for the eighth-lowest first 36-holes score in Metropolitan Amateur Championship history.
Shawn Jasper, Ryan Sullivan, Ryan Eckelkamp and Miguel Maisterra all sit at 1-under overall, four shots back of the leaders.
Frankie Thomas, Peter Weaver and Curtis Brokenbrow are at even par overall.
44 players survived the cut, and in doing so, secured a spot in next year’s Metropolitan Amateur Championship at Old Warson Country Club.
Final round gets underway tomorrow morning with tee times beginning at 7:00 a.m. off No. 1 tee.
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