Morikawa leads, Johnston, Russell and McGreevy within five at Trans-Miss

ANDOVER, Kan.–Collin Morikawa from La Canada Flintridge, Calif., had a split-second loss of focus Wednesday at the 112th Trans-Mississippi Championship and because of it there’s a three-way tie for the lead headed into Thursday’s 36-hole finale.

An incoming freshman at California-Berkley, Morikawa is tied at 6-under-par 134 with his college teammate KK Limbhasut and John Flaherty from Glastonbury, Conn. Jin Cheng from Bejing, China, Philip Barbaree from Shreveport, La., and Andrew Presley from Fort Worth, Texas, are one shot back at 5-under 135 and share fourth place.
 
Morikawa played brilliantly through 17 and a half holes on a mild day with perfect scoring conditions at Flint Hills National Golf Club. A thoughtful golfer who keeps his head down and favors conservative lines, Morikawa put on a clinic: fairways, greens, putts that found the heart of the cup with perfect pace over and again.
 
At one point he was 8-under through 12 holes, on pace to threaten the course record and a possible 59. An unfortunate bogey on the 229-yard, par-3 fourth hole – Morikawa’s 13th, as he started on No. 10 – halted the torrid pace, but he got the shot back quickly with another birdie on his 16th hole.
 
Oklahomans still in contention and four shots back include Sam Johnston of Edmond and Sam Russell of Oklahoma City. Max McGreevy of Edmond and the University of Oklahoma is five back. Among those missing the cut were Oklahoma State teammates Nick Heinen and Hayden Wood, both of Edmond.

Oklahoma Christian’s Johnston shot a second straight 1-under-par 69 to keep himself in contention. Johnston, a rising senior from San Diego, birdied three of his final five holes during his second round and is at 2-under 138.

Johnston, who has won six tournaments during his collegiate career, is a two-time NCAA Division II All-America honoree and a three-time National Christian College Athletic Association All-American. As a junior in 2015, he was named as the Heartland Conference’s player of the year and earned All-South Central Region honors in Division II for the third straight year.

McGreevy bounced back from an opening 73 with a 66 to move into a tie for 19th at 139. Drageon Majors of Tulsa is another shot back at 140.

The 72-hole Trans-Miss Championship culminates with a 36-hole final day, contested over two rounds. Fifty-six players made the 36-hole cut at 3-over 143.

Limbhasut, a Cal-Berkley sophomore, grew up in Berkley about an hour from Morikawa. The two played junior golf with and against each other, and Limbhasut helped recruit Morikawa. Limbhasut played nearly as dazzlingly as his buddy, posting a 5-under 65. He made six birdies, none longer than 15 feet.
 
"I only missed two fairways and one green," he said. "I was hitting it pretty close, too. These greens are really receptive."
 
Flaherty equaled Limbhasut’s 5-under 65 to earn his piece of the lead. A senior at the University of Connecticut, he went out in the morning wave and struggled early.
 
"I was grinding through the first six holes," he said. "I only hit two greens. On my seventh hole, I thought I holed it from the fairway, but I hit it to a foot and a half."
 
The tap-in birdie sparked something in Flaherty. He went bogey-free from there and poured in five birdies, including a 35-foot bonus on the final hole.
 
"The greens are rolling great," Flaherty said. "I just pick a spot about halfway between my ball and hole and try to roll it over that spot."
 
Twenty-five players are within five shots of the leaders. Without the rain and winds players saw Tuesday, Flint Hills National was imminently more playable in the second round. Only 10 players broke par in the first round; 49 posted red numbers Wednesday. The course played about three shots easier overall for the elite, 144-player field; the stroke average in the second round was 70.99.
 
The third round begins Thursday at 7:30 a.m.  The final round follows at 1 p.m.
 
Trans-Mississippi Golf Association
112th Trans-Mississippi Championship
Flint Hills National Golf Club
Andover, Kansas
July 8, 2015
SECOND ROUND RESULTS

KK Limbhasut, Berkeley – 69-65–134
John Flaherty, Glastonbury – 69-65–134
Collin Morikawa, La Canada Flintridge – 70-64–134
Cheng Jin, Bejing – 70-65–135
Andrew Presley, Fort Worth – 70-65–135
Philip Barbaree, Shreveport – 69-66–135
Ryan Burgess, Rancho Santa Fe – 67-69–136
Sean Walsh, Keller – 67-69–136
Otto Black, Pinckney – 70-67–137
Cristobal Del Solar, Santiago – 70-67–137
Zach Zaback, Farmington – 72-65–137
Carr Vernon, Poplar Bluff – 70-67–137
Sam Johnston, Edmond – 69-69–138
Mike McCoy, Des Moines – 70-68–138
Trevor Clayton, Clovis – 69-69–138
Grady Brame, Hammond – 70-68–138
Sam Russell, Oklahoma City – 68-70–138
Nick Voke, Ames – 71-67–138
Max McGreevy, Edmond – 73-66–139
Andrew Ertel, The Woodlands – 71-68–139
Daniel Hudson, Western Springs – 68-71–139
Kyle Weldon, Des Peres – 72-67–139
Patrick Murphy, Crossfield – 72-67–139
Lawrence Allan, Hammond – 70-69–139
Sam Horsfield, Davenport – 71-68–139
Graham Brockington, Palo Alto – 70-70–140
Byron Meth, San Diego – 75-65–140
Andrew Lister, College Station – 69-71–140
Vincent Martino, Southlake – 71-69–140
Rylee Reinertson, Gibbon – 75-65–140
Andre Garcia, Mansfield – 72-68–140
Draegen Majors, Tulsa – 70-70–140
Landon Lyons, Baton Rouge – 70-70–140
Mario Beltran, Miami – 71-69–140
Tyler Saunders, Sturgeon County – 74-66–140
Derek Oland, McKinney – 71-69–140
Stephen Summers, Dallas – 72-69–141
Chase Hanna, Leawood – 73-68–141
Grant Bennett, Lewisville – 70-71–141
Andrew Romano, Littleton – 73-68–141
Austin Eoff, Benton – 72-69–141
Juan Serrano, Knoxville – 72-69–141
Harrison Endycott, Sydney – 74-67–141
Wilson Sundvold, Columbia – 71-70–141
Henry Simpson, Mission Hills – 71-71–142
Kolton Crawford, Mansfield – 75-67–142
Blaine Hale, Dallas – 75-67–142
Fernando Cruz Valle, Guadalajara – 70-72–142
Jonathan Hudson, Western Springs – 72-70–142
Kiran Day, Perth – 76-66–142
————–Missed the Cut———————–
Ryan Zech, Kearney – 73-70–143
Nathan Weant, Hallsville – 77-66–143
Andrew McCain, Minneapolis – 74-69–143
Teddy Jones, Wildwood – 71-72–143
Garrison Mendoza, Clinton – 72-71–143
Ben Doyle, La Jolla – 72-71–143
Stephen Griggs, Carmichael – 76-68–144
Colin Pearson, Fort Dodge – 70-74–144
Alex Franklin, San Rafael – 74-70–144
Conrad Walcher, Oklahoma City – 76-68–144
Nick Heinen, Edmond – 71-73–144
Grant Houser, Holly Springs – 71-73–144
Michael Jeffrey Colgate, Kearney – 72-72–144
Sebastian Smith, Lo Barnechea – 70-74–144
Danny Pizetoski, Pinehurst – 74-70–144
Geoff Vartelas, Cromwell – 74-70–144
Dillon Woods, Jacksonville – 73-71–144
Maverick Antcliff, Augusta – 73-71–144
Tayler Termeer, Austin – 75-70–145
Will Zalatoris, Plano – 75-70–145
Baxter Ward, Nacogdoches – 75-70–145
Matthew Lowe, Farmingdale – 74-71–145
Tony Gil, Vaughan – 74-71–145
Matthew Green, Lake Lotawana – 74-71–145
Chris Wiatr, Woodbury – 74-71–145
Luis Fernando Barco, Lima – 74-71–145
Sean Yu, Beaumont – 74-71–145
John Bearrie, Arlington – 76-69–145
Michael Cotton, Katy – 70-75–145
Michael Brockington, Laguna Niguel – 72-74–146
Clancy Waugh, North Palm Beach – 73-73–146
Walker Huddy, Studio City – 74-72–146
Hayden Wood, Edmond – 72-74–146
Bryon Shumate, Fort Smith – 74-72–146
Richard Donegan, Okeechobee – 79-67–146
Seth Smith, St. Louis – 72-74–146
Danny Guise, Greenwich – 77-69–146
Connor Peck, Ankeny – 77-69–146
Austin Bautista, Sydney – 75-71–146
Robert Funk, Canyon Lake – 72-75–147
Ben Corfee, El Macero – 78-69–147
Preston Fleenor, Mission Hills – 72-75–147
Ryan Grider, Lewisville – 75-72–147
Jimmy Makloski, Pueblo – 78-69–147
Michael Tolladay, Fresno – 75-72–147
Brandon Smith, Frisco – 75-72–147
Gustavo Morantes, Albuquerque – 76-71–147
Michael Pisciotta, Alpharetta – 75-72–147
Steven Vail, Cedar City – 73-74–147
Miguel Delgado, Novato – 77-71–148
Joseph Abella, Plano – 72-76–148
Anthony Marchesani, Oklahoma City – 75-73–148
Luke Sheehan, Tomball – 76-72–148
Andrew Garner, Paradise Valley – 76-72–148
Brandon Bauman, Las Vegas – 75-73–148
Sarosh Adi, Plano – 73-76–149
Alec Heinen, Edmond – 76-73–149
Connor Knabe, Leawood – 77-72–149
Garrett Fey, Mesquite – 80-69–149
Daniel Gale, Castle Hill – 75-74–149
Blake Cannon, Mesa – 73-76–149
Matthew Walker, Ottumwa – 79-70–149
Trevor Ranton, Waterloo – 80-69–149
Alex Springer, Olathe – 76-73–149
Connor Black, Humble – 78-72–150
Eamon Bradley, Hammond – 77-73–150
Ryan Argotsinger, Lees Summit – 78-72–150
Andy Spencer, Prairie Village – 75-75–150
Lawrence Field, Tulsa – 76-75–151
Matthew Rachey, Waconia – 78-73–151
Camilo Aguado, Jacksonville – 78-73–151
Ryan Han, Hollister – 71-81–152
Dominic Kieffer, Byron – 73-79–152
Chase Nicolai, Long Beach – 74-78–152
Justin Newby, Parker – 76-76–152
Woody Woodward, Bridgeport – 76-76–152
Ryan Knop, Pleasanton – 81-71–152
Sam Migdal, Ballwin – 76-76–152
Brent Brockermeyer, Los Angeles – 75-78–153
Jacob Bishop, Edmond – 78-75–153
Brooks Price, Dallas – 74-79–153
Stephen Stallings, Louisville – 80-73–153
Alex Higgs, Overland Park – 75-78–153
Mike Holloway, Wichita – 82-71–153
Andrew Paysse, Temple – 78-75–153
Gage Ihrig, Goodland – 80-74–154
Jordan Cowart, Austin – 75-79–154
Keelan Kilpatrick, Berkeley – 81-74–155
Ben Wolcott, Burns – 82-74–156
Grant Smith, Johnston – 83-73–156
Cole Nygren, San Luis Obispo – 85-77–162
Matt Van Zandt, Houston – 87-76–163
Sam Stevens, Wichita – WD
Peter Kyo Won Koo, Tucson – WD

 

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