FAIRFAX, Calif. – Steve Maddalena of Jackson, Mich. leads the Senior Division by one stroke after an impressive round of 2-over-par 74 on a breezy Wednesday at Meadow Club. Despite steady winds and gusts up to 35 mph, Brad Wilder of Fort Wright, Ky. matched his opening 71 with another even-par round and leads the Mid-Master Division by three strokes. Jeff Burda of La Quinta, Calif. leads the Super Senior Division, while Chris Maletis of Portland, Ore. extended his lead in the Legends Division.
Maddalena, who earned Golf Association of Michigan Senior Player of the Year honors in 2020, followed his opening round 2-under-par 70 with a steady 74. He carded birdies on the par-4 12th and par-3 14th.
Gene Elliott of West Des Moines, Iowa; Mike Rowley of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Randy Haag of Orinda, Calif. and Michael Mercier of June Beach, Fla. are all tied second at 3-over-par 145 overall. Mercier carded four birdies en route to an impressive even-par 71 and the low round of the Senior Division.
Mike McCoy of Norwalk, Iowa and Mark Morgan of Shingle Springs, Calif. are tied sixth at 4-over-par 146 and sit two strokes behind Maddalena.
In the Mid-Master Division, Wilder began his second round with an eagle. The short par-5 first hole played straight down wind, and the former University of Cincinnati standout capitalized. He dropped shots on the par-3 eighth, par-5 13th and par-5 15th. However, he bounced back with a birdie on the par-4 16th to bring him back to even par for the round and for the championship. The accomplished mid-amateur holds a three-shot lead heading into Thursday’s final round.
Daniel Ragsdale of Westlake Village, Calif. and John Bearrie of Marana, Ariz. are tied second at 3-over par for the tournament. Ragsdale followed his opening 71 with a 3-over-par 74. Bearrie, who won the Mid-Master Division in 2019, carded rounds of 72-73. Marc Engellener of Rocklin, Calif. and Cullen Brasfield of La Quinta, Calif. are tied fourth at 4-over-par 145 through 36 holes. Following Round 2, the Mid-Master Division was cut to the top-15 players and ties.
In the Super Senior Division, Burda carded six birdies en route to an even-par 71. He finished tied seventh in 2019, and leads the division by five strokes with 18 holes to play. John Donnelly, who lead after Round 1, carded an 8-over-par 79 and is tied second with Mark Addington of Overland Park, Kan. The Super Senior Division was cut to the top-14 players and ties.
Maletis continued his steady play on Wednesday in the Legends Division. He carded a consecutive 3-over-par 74, and the 2015 Trans-Mississippi Super Senior Champion leads the field by five strokes at 6-over par overall. James Saivar of San Diego, Calif. and Tom Ogrady of Los Altos, Calif. are tied second at 11-over-par 153, while James Martin of Dallas, Texas is solo fourth at 12-over par. The Legends Division was cut to the top-10 players and ties.
Founded in 1927, Meadow Club holds the distinction as the first golf course in North America designed by renowned golf course architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie. In collaboration with Robert Hunter, MacKenzie crafted a championship layout within the Bon Tempe Meadow on Mt. Tamalpias. Its natural beauty is complimented by meandering creeks, subtle elevation changes and incredible views and is a demanding test for players of all levels. Meadow Club has played host to many elite amateur championships, including the 2013 Trans-Mississippi Amateur won by 8-time PGA Tour winner Bryson DeChambeau.
About the Trans-Mississippi Golf Association
The Trans-Mississippi Golf Association is one of the oldest and most prestigious golf organizations in the United States. Established in 1901, the Trans-Mississippi is composed of over 200 member clubs located throughout the country. The Association is governed by a board of independent directors and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.
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