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Kelting’s Retain Lead at Texas Father-Son

Briefly: Kyle and Derick Kelting of Amarillo followed an opening round 8-under 64 with a 3-under par 69. The defending Texas Father-Son co-champions have a one-stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round at Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin.

Leaderboard: Championship Flight
1) Kelting, Derick / Kelting, Kyle Amarillo, Amarillo 64-69–133
2) Rougeau, Brandon / Rougeau, Charles Round Rock, Brenham 65-69–134
3) Hill, Ryan / Hill, Watson Longview, Longview 69-66–135
4) Griffin, Matt / Griffin, Will San Antonio, San Antonio 65-73–138

Complete Round 2 Results | Round 3 Pairings

In Contention: The Kelting’s retained their round one lead by putting together another solid round. Kyle (father) and Derick (son) put themselves in great position to repeat as Father-Son champions.

The team started the second round off with a double bogey but rolled in five birdies the rest of the way. Derick rolled in each of the five birdies at the third, eighth, thirteenth, sixteenth and eighteenth holes.

With one round remaining the Kelting’s hold a one-shot lead over Brandon and Charles Rougeau of Round Rock/Brenham. The Rougeau’s also carded a 3-under 69 in the second round.

“We’ve never played this course before prior to this week” Brandon said. “It’s a short course. Just keeping the ball in play is pretty much our main strategy.”

It’s also the duo’s first time to play in the event, but that hasn’t stopped them from climbing the leaderboard to solo second place heading into Sunday’s final round.

“If we hit the ball like we have been tomorrow then we should compete”, said Charles.

Sitting in third place after a 6-under 66 is Ryan and Watson Hill of Longview. The Hill’s sit at 9-under overall and two shots back of the lead. Just behind in fourth are the co-defending champions Matt and Will Griffin of San Antonio at 6-under. Rounding out the top five is Daniel and Nick Shapiro of The Colony/Plano at 5-under par.

The Championship Flight will be divided into two flights for the final round. The top 18 and ties after two rounds will play combined score. The remaining reams will play in the President’s Flight a third round of gross four-ball stroke play.

Net Flights Update: The Hogan Flight, will be a showdown between two Crown Colony teams. Justin Blackledge and Wes Welch of Midland/Lufkin lead after another round of 4-under 68. Just behind are John and Jack Kennedy of Lufkin.

Lloyd and Benjamin Hughes of Dallas continue to lead the Nelson flight after carding a 2-under 70. The duo leads the flight by 2 strokes over Diana’s Jackson and Ken Sampson.

The low round of the day came from the Crenshaw Flight. Jamey and Aaron Freisleben fired a 7-under 65 to vault into second place. Chris and Hudson Henrattie of Arlington lead by one after a second round 3-under 69.

Steve and Marshall Kerns of Houston/Fort Worth sit tied atop the leaderboard at 4-under in the Kite Flight alongside David and David Cash of Cottonwood Shores/Spicewood.

Shot of the Day: Robert Gwin aced the par-3 seventh hole in Saturday’s second round. He used a 50-degree wedge from 140-yards. This was his seventh career hole-in-one.

Golf Course: Crown Colony was founded in 1979 on 750 acres of timberland in East Texas, in the middle of the piney woods. Robert von Hagge and Bruce Devlin designed the championship course. Golf, tennis, swimming and a host of other activities are offered at Crown Colony. For any golf fanatic, it’s a great course to play. Settled in the tall pine trees of East Texas Crown Colony is known for its small green complexes, strategic bunkering, and demanding tee shots. The par-72 course is consistently classed as one of the “Top 10” by the Dallas Morning News since 1995. Additionally, it has been rated by Golfweek as one of the top destinations in the State of Texas since 2004. Today’s total yardage was 6,470 yards for the Championship division and 5,969 yards for the Net division.

Weather: The temperature reached 93 degrees and 9 mph winds from the south.

What’s Next: Final round tee times start Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. off No. 1 & 10 tees at Crown Colony Country Club.

More Info: For more information on the Texas Father-Son, click here.