SANTA FE, N.M. — — Dr. Brad Kropp and Clark Collier of Oklahoma stuck to the game plan Tuesday and increased their lead in the Championship Division at the 34th playing of the Trans-Mississippi Four-Ball Championship.
In much windier conditions than Monday, the Sunrise Course at The Club at Las Campanas played tougher in the second round. Kropp and Collier were up to the task on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course and partnered for an 8-under-par 64. Playing two different styles of golf — the older Kropp is shorter off the tee and steady; Collier is much longer and not always as straight — they combined for nine birdies, including four straight to finish the day.
"I made a lot of putts today," Collier said. "I had a few ‘Xs’ on the scorecard, too. But Doc took care of me when I was in my pocket."
With rounds of 66-64 for a 14-under 130 total, Kropp and Collier pushed their lead to six shots in the Championship Division. The Amarillo, Texas, team of Ralph Ellis and Zack Norrell shot a 67 and sit in second place at 8-under 136. Mark Mance from Whitefish, Mont., and Jim Coleman from Billings, Mont., share third place with Oklahoma City’s Jeff Oakes and Johnson Cooper at 7-under 137.
Mance and Coleman combined for a 5-under 67 in the second round. Oakes and Johnson teamed for a 4-under 68.
Fourteen teams in the Championship Division made the 36-hole at 1-under 143.
In the Senior Division, the first round leaders also put more room between themselves and the field. Herb Fisher from The Woodlands, Texas, and Doug Pool from Las Vegas shot a 4-under 68 to stay out in front. Through 36 holes, they’ve posted 12-under 132, good for a five-shot lead over four teams.
Against a lone bogey, Fisher and Pool made three birdies and an eagle on the 347-yard par-4 14th hole. The duo, playing together for the first time in the Trans-Miss Four-Ball, made eight birdies Monday on their way to an opening round 64.
With one round to play, Fisher and Pool lead the teams of Robert McDonald III from Austin, Texas, and Les Devitt from Scottsdale, Ariz.; Jay Pumphrey from Georgetown, Texas, and Dave Clement from Evansville, Ind.; Lee Sandlin and Warren Huddleston from Dallas and four-time Trans-Miss Four-Ball champions Eddie Lyons from Shreveport and John Pigg from Bee Cave, Texas. All four teams are 7-under 137 through 36 holes.
Eleven teams in the Senior Division made the 36-hole cut at 2-under 142.
In the Super Senior Division, Steve Dallas and Edward Smith from Mesa, Ariz., turned in a bogey-free, 5-under 67 to reach 12-under 132 for the tournament. They lead Bob Fouke from Broken Arrow, Okla., and Gerry Graham from Mesa, Ariz., by four shots headed into the final round.
Fouke and Graham also played without a bogey during their round of 3-under 69.
Nine teams in the Super Senior Division made the 36-hole cut at 1-over 145.
The final round of the Trans-Miss Four-Ball begins Wednesday at 8 a.m. For more information and complete scoring, please click here.
34th Trans-Mississippi Four-Ball Championship
Las Campanas CC – Sunrise Course
Santa Fe, N.M.
Kropp, B. / Collier, C. — 66-64–130
Ellis, R. / Norrell, Z. — 69-67–136
Mance, M. / Coleman, J. — 70-67–137
Oakes, J. / Johnson, C. — 69-68–137
Field, L. / Majors, D. — 70-68–138
Showalter, M. / Munson, R. — 72-66–138
Van Zandt, M. / Baker, B. — 70-68–138
Vanier, M. / Tridle, S. — 71-67–138
Forrester, B. / Schwaderer, G. — 71-68–139
Hale, J. / Trammell, L. — 71-69–140
Blundell, B. / Cook, J. — 69-72–141
Sexton, E. / Carlson, C. — 71-71–142
Kelley, T. / Vondrak, N. — 71-72–143
Wilhite, T. / Seabaugh, E. — 69-74–143
Nash, E. / Nelson, W. — 70-74–144
Hargis, B. / Coker, T. — 70-76–146
Wegener, R. / Mohr, J. — 75-71–146
Donaldson, M. / Donaldson, J. — 73-74–147
Horne, A. / Englander, W. — 69-78–147
Barker, S. / Taylor, B. — 73-75–148
Ream, J. / Douglas, T. — 73-77–150
Corrigan, L. / Hill, A. — 76-75–151
Garden, W. / Stensrud, B. — 76-75–151
McDonald, R. / Brewer, B. — 78-77–155
Hendrix, M. / Vescovo, P. — 82-77–159
Fisher, H. / Pool, D. — 64-68–132
McDonald, R. / Devitt, L. — 71-66–137
Pigg, J. / Lyons, E. — 66-71–137
Pumphrey, J. / Clement, D. — 72-65–137
Sandlin, L. / Huddleston, W. — 68-69–137
Alsup, M. / Tudor, D. — 69-70–139
Walley, B. / Slayton, J. — 70-69–139
McBee III, B. / Goode, J. — 70-70–140
Turner, E. / Neal, B. — 70-70–140
Estep, K. / Baker, B. — 69-73–142
Nunez, L. / Kilby, R. — 69-73–142
Alarid, R. / Quinlan, M. — 71-73–144
Houston, S. / McDonald, M. — 70-74–144
Hutton, T. / Schneider, R. — 68-76–144
Mott, J. / Davis, C. — 75-71–146
Nelson, H. / Moore, D. — 72-74–146
Williams, J. / Hoffman, F. — 72-74–146
Burke, J. / Crane, J. — 75-72–147
Melcher, T. / White, D. — 72-75–147
Coe, R. / Malloy, P. — 78-71–149
Peel, B. / Carter, C. — 77-84–161
Davies, S. / Haines, C. — 80-84–164
Super Senior Division
Dallas, S. / Smith, E. — 65-67–132
Fouke, B. / Graham, G. — 67-69–136
Heldmar, B. / Brown, R. — 64-75–139
Maletis, C. / Miller, T. — 72-68–140
Martin, J. / Seaman, G. — 69-72–141
Redfern, K. / Boyd, S. — 69-73–142
Walker, J. / Hunt, R. — 70-72–142
Alexander, D. / Hare, P. — 73-72–145
Hutton, J. / Carroll, D. — 70-75–145
Thompson, S. / Claiborne, J. — 70-77–147
Speer, H. / Hermann, P. — 76-72–148
Brown, J. / Miller, T. — 74-75–149
Pevow, F. / Sherman, R. — 75-74–149
Hatchett, S. / Bolene, B. — 74-76–150
Vincelli, P. / Vincelli, R. — 76-74–150
Patterson, P. / Summers, S. — 74-77–151
Potter, G. / Bauers, R. — 71-80–151
Grable, R. / Edwards, M. — 79-88–167