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Belt Continues to Roll
Phillip-Tyler Belt continued to roll on Thursday and stretched his lead to eight after beating his projected score of 72 by 7 during round two of the USDGC Performance Flight.
Trying to cut into Belt’s lead will be Kevin Tritten, of Charlotte, and Zachary Anders of McSherrystown, Pa., who are both beating their projected scores by a total of nine strokes. Not far behind them are Jordan Potvin of Dover, N.H., and Austin Krise of Allport, Pa., both beating their projections by a total of seven strokes.
With a few rounds experience, Belt, of Dacula, Ga., is getting the hang of how to navigate Winthrop Gold. Playing conservative helps.
“That’s all you really need to do on this course is to play safe,” said Belt.
Other than being tripped up on holes 1 and 9, Belt kept on the right side of his projection for each hole. On hole 2 he said he threw an accurate roller off the tee which eventually led to scoring a three on that hole.
“That definitely helped my cause,” said Belt.
Tritten made a leap forward on Thursday when he shot 10 strokes below his projected 82. It was a stark contrast from Wednesday when he shot an 83. When asked what the difference was, he replied, “I didn’t take a 10 on (hole) 17.”
Tritten, who finished third in last year’s Performance Flight and played in the 2011 Performance Edition, relishes the Championship week experience. He said his main goal is just to earn an invitation to come back next year and enjoy himself.
“At the end of the day we’re just playing,” said Tritten, who embraces a laid back playing style.
Potvin said his group’s camaraderie helped pull each member along during the round.
“It results in better shots all around,” said Potvin, who has been playing for 2 years.
He said he remembered encouraging Stephen Trello of Evans, Ga., about his upcoming putt after he got into trouble on hole 16, and Trello ended up canning a 45 footer. On the very next hole, everyone on the card landed safely on the treacherous island hole green.
Potvin should again enjoy his grouping on Friday, especially since it’s the lead card.