WEST PALM BEACH — Pete Williams of Juno Beach, one of the top senior amateurs in the area, fired the low score of the tournament, a 6-under-par 66, Saturday to take the lead after two rounds at the Florida Senior Open.
At 136, Williams, 53, has a three-stroke advantage heading into the final round today on the Lakes course at Bear Lakes Country Club. He made seven birdies and a bogey on the adjacent Links course Saturday compared to four birdies and two bogeys for 70 Friday on the Lakes.
Williams' best effort was an 8-iron from the think grass to about six inches from the hole at the par-4 14th hole. "I hit a lot of good shots today, really hit my irons straight," he said.
Tied for second at 139 are 2010 champion Gene Fieger of Hideout Golf Club in Naples and Chris Campbell of Vero Beach. Both played the Links, Fieger posting 70 in the second group out, and Campbell a 68 with the second-last group to finish. Fieger made four birdies, Campbell five.
John Lee of Imperial Country Club in Naples, defending champion Mike San Filippo of Hobe Sound, Lee Rinker of Jupiter, co-leader after the first round, and Ed Sabo of Tequesta are among four players at 140.
Overall, there were 16 players at par 144 or better after two days compared to 22 following the opening round. After one round on each course, the 156-player field was cut to the low 60 and ties, at 7-over-par 151, for the final round.
No amateur ever won the Florida Senior Open in the previous 35 years the tournament was played at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. Next year's championship for pros and amateurs 50 years and older will be played at Interlachen Country Club in Winter Park.