Watros and Tilley Lead First-Round of WGA Mid-Am
GREENWICH, Conn. (September 9, 2020) - Mark Watros of MGAeClub - Connecticut and defending champion Brad Tilley of Sleepy Hollow share the lead after the first round of the 11th WGA Mid-Amateur Championship Presented by Westchester Bank at Burning Tree Country Club.
Watros and Tilley both carded scores of 2-under 70, leading the field by three strokes.
Playing early, Watros started his round with three birdies on the front. An eagle on the par-5 11th hole kept him low and helped to balance out a double on the par-3 18th to finish his round.
2019 champion Brad Tilley of Sleepy Hollow had three birdies of his own on the front. “I got off to a nice start with a birdie on one, hit it really close on 3 and made a short birdie putt there, and then I hit a really good drive on 7, I only had 120 yards in, so it was just a pitching wedge and a two putt,” said Tilley. Tilley won the WGA Amateur in July at Knollwood Country Club.
After another birdie and two bogeys on his back nine, Tilley came in with a 2-under 70 to join Watros at the top of the leaderboard.
Jason Longo of Rolling Hills and David Peng of Griff Harris sit three shots back after rounds of 1-over 73.
Five players carded rounds of 2-over 74: David Weisfeld of Hudson National, Brian Flanagan of Rye, Anthony Rubeo of Tamarack, Benoit Ugeux of GlenArbor, and Michael Kennedy of MGA eClub-Connecticut.
A total of 41 players made the cut at 8-over to advance to Thursday’s final round. Tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the leaders teeing off at 8:30 a.m.
Hole-by-hole scoring is available via the My MGA app and on mgagolf.org.