Spencer torches Willow Creek
Making a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 2 gave Isaac Spencer confidence early in the first round of the Triad Amateur at High Point Country Club’s Willow Creek course.
He used it do something few have done in recent tournament at Willow Creek — shoot a low score.
Spencer, a 23-year-old from Winston-Salem who played out of Maple Chase in Kernersville and recently graduated from Southwestern University, blistered the par-72 layout, making 10 birdies and two bogeys for a 8-under-par 64 and a six-shot lead over Joseph Cansler and Josh Josh Nichols going into today’s final round.
“It was fun,” Spencer said.
He made the turn at 2-under after a three-putt bogey on nine, made two birdies before a bogey on 14 and then birdied the last four holes.
“I hit some good and irons and had the putter going,” he said.
All of his birdie putts in his late run were from 8-10 feet.
“I just tried to concentrate on breathing and tried to stay calm,” Spencer said. “The greens were really nice. Those were the best Champion Bermuda (grass) greens that I’ve played on.”
Chris Casetta is in fourth at 1-under 71, with Tanner Owen, Joshua Chandler and Harrison Frye tied for fifth at 72. Tanner Gross, McKay Tye and Michael Borton are in eighth at 73.
Marc Cox took the lead among those playing in the Senior division. He carded a 74 for a 1-shot lead over Garland Yates. David Camadine and Mark Larsen were a distant third at 81.
Play this morning begins at 8 with the leaders going off at 10:10.