Titsworth surges to three-shot lead in WPGA Open Championship
By Mike Dudurich • July 18, 2019
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MCMURRAY – Beau Titsworth wasn’t necessarily surprised he posted a record round of 62 in the second round of the 116th West Penn Open Tuesday at Valley Brook Country Club.
“Actually, I was surprised somebody didn’t shoot seven-under yesterday, or at least six-under,” he said. “But fortunately, they didn’t.”
And because someone didn’t, Titsworth was able to zoom up the leaderboard to grab a three-shot lead with 18 holes left in this historic championship. Titsworth’s numbers, as you might expect, were spectacular.
Starting at the 12th hole, the Ross Twp. resident made a birdie and three pars before he really started having fun. He put birdies on the board at 17, 17, 18, 1 and 2. The birdie train stopped just long enough for him to catch his breath before making birdies on four of his final seven holes.
Titsworth put together nines of 30-32 and finds himself in a nice position heading into today’s final round. “By the time we got to No. 2, I think I was six-under for the day and figured if I could get two or three more on the fifth through eighth, I’d be in a good spot,” he said.
Titsworth did better than that, getting to 10-under for the day, 13-under for the championship. Only T.J. Howe of Bellefonte at 10-under (after rounds of 69-65). Titsworth took a shot at the LatinoAmerica Tour on a conditional status but opted to return home to practice and play some local events. He just missed getting a spot in the U.S. Open by a couple shots and will play mini-tour events until Q-school this fall.
Dan Obremski, a co-leader with Oakmont Country Club’s Devin Gee after the opening round, posted a second straight 68 and trails by five shots. He got to that level by finishing with three straight birdies.
“I had an eagle early in the round (the 16th hole) so I had some good things happen,” Obremski said. “I feel like I’m right in the tournament. I gave myself a chance down the stretch. There are a lot of birdies out there and there are good players out there. I’m looking forward to the final round.”
Twenty-two players broke par in Wednesday’s third round.
Four players, Matt Gurska, Alec Stopperich, Brett Young and Matt Holula, are six shots back with 138 totals.
The final round gets underway at 7:45 a.m. with the 32 players who survived the cut going off in pairs.
The final group of Titsworth and Howe will tee off at 10 a.m. Obremski and Gurska are in the next-to-last group at 9:51.
About the WPGA
Founded in 1899, the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association is the steward of amateur golf in the region. Started by five Member Clubs, the association now has nearly 200 Member Clubs and 33,000 members. The WPGA conducts 14 individual competitions and 10 team events, and administers the WPGA Scholarship Fund.