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Wofford's 66 good for lead at TGA's Mid-Am

on 22 September 2012.

DALLAS—Joel Wofford scratched his head at the scorer’s table with mixed emotions.

Having made eight birdies to shoot 66—his best-ever round in a Texas Golf Association event—Wofford still smarted from a bogey on his 18th hole. While good enough for the first round lead, Wofford knows his round could have been better during first round action Friday at the Mid-Amateur Championship on the Blue Course at the Dallas Athletic Club.

“It’s hard to be excited and disappointed at the same time,” the 36-year-old medical devices salesman from Paris said. “But you bogey the last hole and it makes you feel that way."

The bogey on the final hole was due to a bad club selection. Wofford hit 9-iron on his approach, and it sailed over the green, leaving a delicate chip. His chip went past the hole some eight feet and Wofford failed to make the par putt.

“I just seemed to wedge the ball well today,” Wofford said. “Most of my birdies were in that three to five foot range.”

Riding along with him was Randy Sikes of Paris, who served as caddie and coach to his fellow member of Paris Country Club.

“He really didn’t make any long putts,” Sikes said.

The weekend will be special for Wofford since Saturday is his 37th birthday and he has a chance to improve upon his best finish ever in a TGA event, a tie for 19th in the 2010 Mid-Am at Boot Ranch in South Texas. He won this year’s Paris Invitational, a big event at his home club that has no club championship.

Following close behind Wofford are Dallas area players Andrew Lawson and Michael Wilhem with 67s while Lewis Stephenson of Mansfield, Mike Schrade and David Volpitto posted 68s. A total of 19 players broke par on a perfect day for scoring at DAC.

Play continues on Saturday with the tee times reversed and then a cut will be made after 36 holes before Sunday’s final round.

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