By Gene Phelps
PHILADELPHIA – Eddie Brescher knows all too well how weather can affect a golf game.
The Hattiesburg golfer recorded a quadruple bogey in a driving rain on the next-to-last hole of last year’s Mississippi Golf Association State Amateur at Grand Bear in Saucier. He lost a shot at the title by three strokes.
In Friday’s second round of the 99th edition of the State Am at Dancing Rabbit, he lost two shots following a rain delay. He heads into today’s third round two shots (71-68 – 139) behind the leader, Nick Beale of Pass Christian (69-68 – 137).
“I played great today,” said Brescher, an assistant golf coach for Southern Miss. “I really had a good round going, then went bogey, bogey after the rain delay.
“The weather killed my momentum.”
Brescher also trails three golfers in second place – high school player Braden Thornberry (68-70 – 138), the Class 6A state medalist from DeSoto Central and Clay Homan (67-71 – 138), Mississippi State’s golf coach and Hayes Weathersby (72-66 – 138) of Poplarville.
Elliott’s bad day
It wasn’t the best day for first-round co-leader Justin Elliott. The former Southern Miss golfer bogeyed nine holes and signed an incomplete scorecard, which got him disqualified.
Beale, 27, has been in the State Am hunt before. He tied for third last year at Grand Bear, plus, he’s played Dancing Rabbit enough to know what it takes to go low.
“I made a lot of birdies (seven) … after missing a lot of greens,” said Beale, who swings with a cross-handed grip.
Tupelo’s Hayden Buckley, who entered the second round tied with four others for fourth with a 4-under 78, shot a 1-over 73 for a two-day total of 2-under 142.
The 156-player field was cut to top 60 and ties for the final 36 holes.