Rust fires 63 to pull close in Texas Open

 Dillon Rust of Edmond fired the tournament’s low round, a 9-under-par 63, to pull within four shots of Anthony Broussard of Addison, Texas, who fired a second round 7-under 65 to remain in the lead heading into the third round of the 44th Bright Realty Texas State Open at 14-under par 129. Broussard followed up his opening round of one eagle, six birdies and a bogey with eight more birdies and a bogey today.

"I’ve been driving the ball well, my irons have been sharp, and I’ve been putting well this week," said Broussard. "My goal heading into tomorrow will be do the clich� thing and just take it one shot at a time, and to just continue to run my process and system."

Following today’s round, the 144-player field was cut to the low 50 scores and ties. Broussard will lead a field of 52 players into the third round of the Championship. 45 professionals and 7 amateurs survived the cut, which was at 2-under par 141, and will play over the weekend.

Kolton Crawford (a) of Mansfield, Texas, fired a second round 64, 8-under, to sit in sole second place heading into the weekend. He is one shot back of Broussard at 13-under par for the tournament. Crawford carded two eagles, five birdies and one bogey during today’s round. His current standing also makes him the current Low Amateur, an honor he won in 2012 and 2013.

Crawford will not only battle six other amateurs over the next two days to become the first amateur to win Low Amateur honors three years in a row, but he will also battle the professional field in an effort to become the second amateur Texas State Open Champion. No amateur has won this event since Homero Blancas in 1960, the first time it was conducted.

Rust, seeking his fourth tournament victory of the summer, is at 10-under par 133 as is  Albert Miner of Katy, Texas, who fired a 66 in today’s round.

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