Forrester joins Harlock at the top of the Monroe Invitational standings
Georgia Tech’s Bartley Forrester scored the low round of the day with a 5-under 65, moving into a tie for first place with Cameron Harlock at 6-under after Thursday’s second round of the 81st Monroe Invitational. Harlock, the first-round leader at 4 under, shot a 2-under 68 on day two with three birdies and a bogey.
Miami, Florida’s Danny Fisher shot a 66. He’s tied for third place at 3 under for the tournament with Will Thomson, Steve Campbell Jr., Laurent Desmarchais and Everett Whiten.
Forrester has been on tears recently. The 50th-ranked Golfweek/AGC amateur in the nation qualified for his second U.S. Amateur Championship at the Standard Club in Johns Creek, Georgia.
“This last semester in college was definitely the best I’ve played. I’m glad I can keep it that way this summer,” Forrester said. “Hopefully I can keep it that way for as long as possible. feels really good.”
The birdies came in bunches for the Gainesville, Georgia native during the early rounds. He made seven on Thursday and three in the first round. He’s using last year’s 20th place finish to help him this year.
“Coming back to a course where you’ve already played four rounds of competition, it gives you a leg up on a lot of other guys,” Forrester said. “You already know where to hit – where to miss, where not to miss.”
Harlock will sleep in the lead for a second straight night, it didn’t seem to have an impact after the first lap.
“I feel comfortable on the tee that I knew was going to be important for me this week,” Harlock said. “I just need to execute the plan I’ve had for the past few days – I’ve really put myself in a good place to move forward.
The New Zealand native is excited to step up the competition this summer after spending the last two years at home due to the pandemic. While the competition of the past two years in his homeland wasn’t quite what he hoped for in his young career, he says he was able to make the most of it with a competitive group of friends at the home.
Harlock is enrolling as a junior at Boston College this fall, so competing before he arrives on campus is key.
“Before the college season, I knew it was important to get out there and really challenge myself this summer with big events,” Harlock said. “I really wanted to get out there and see where my game was at – a bit before I started college.
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Texas Longhorn Will Thomson, who grew up playing at Monroe Golf Club, shot a par 67 from 3 under in the second round.
“It’s so much fun – I love coming back here.”
Thomson is playing his sixth Monroe Invitational this week with his best finish of 2018 when he was 27th.
“I still miss Rochester in general – my friends, just the general feeling; golf courses like this. It’s great to be back in Monroe.
The up-and-coming Texas senior says he basically grew up on the course and is a fan of the recent changes to the layout.
“I love all the changes they’ve made – removing the trees and with 12 (a new green placement) everything looks great. It’s really fun to feel at home when I come back here.
Ohio State’s Jackson Chandler, Penn State’s Jake Griffin, Liberty’s Isaac Simmons and Yaroslav Merkulov are tied for eighth at 2 under.
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The Monroe Invitational is held at the Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, NY, and is one of the oldest amateur tournaments in the United States, dating back to its first in 1937. The course is a Donald Ross design which is a Golfweek Top 100 Classic Course. The tournament is a 72-hole stroke play event with a cut of 54 holes. Invitations go out to exempt players in early February, but the tournament committee encourages all interested players to apply for a non-exempt invitation through the tournament website.
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