36 holes of play are complete in the 2014 Harvey Penick Invitational. Players were faced with vastly different playing conditions in round two, with temperatures 25 or more degress lower and the wind reversing direction from Friday’s opening round. In each division, one player was able to separate himself from the field and take a big lead into the final round.
In the Mid-Amateur Division, Kenny Cook of Noblesville, IN began the day tied for the lead, but had the low round of the day, a 4-under 68, to finish at 6-under 138 and forge a 5-shot lead over three players: Shane Sigsbee (69) of Las Vegas, NV; Chris Hartenstein (71) of Austin; and round one co-leader Colby Harwell (73) of Robinson, TX. Kyle Nathan (70) sits fifth at even-par 144. Cook, Nathan and Harwell all entered the tournament in good form having shown well at the USGA State Team Championship, with Nathan playing in the final group of the tournament with Harwell, who was a member of the winning Texas team. Michael Slaven (71) of Chicago, IL and John Ehrgott (72) of Edwards, IL are tied sixth at 1-over-par 145 with defending champion Brian Noonan (74) of Austin.
In the Senior Division, John Grace of Fort Worth, tournament runner-up in 2013, started the day one shot behind first round co-leaders Bob Kearney of Houston and Thomas Johnson of Austin. The 66-year-old Grace’s round of 4-under 68 was low round of the day by three shots, and allowed him to pull ahead of the field by six shots at 7-under-par 137. Mike Peck of Irving, TX, also a runner-up last year, shot a 72 and sits in second, with 2012 champion Jeff New of Scottsdale, AZ (74) in third at even par 144. Johnson (77) is another shot back in fourth, with Kearney (78) among a group in fifth at 2-over-par 146.