Nathan Smith claims share of Sunnehanna lead

Nathan Smith

Scores: Second round

Local favorite Nathan Smith used his course knowledge to grab a share of the second-round lead at the Sunnehanna Amateur.

Smith, a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and the 2011 Sunnehanna winner from nearby Pittsburgh, shot 3-under 67 Thursday at Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, Pa., to set the midway pace. He is tied with Charlie Danielson (68) of Osceola, Wis., and Nicholas Reach (69) of Moscow, Pa., at 5-under 135.

Sam Burns, a high-school senior from Shreveport, La., who shared the first-round lead, shot 71 and is tied for fourth with Doug Ghim (66) of Arlington Heights, Ill., and Will Murphy (67) of Columbia, S.C., at 136.

Defending champion Steven Ihm, a recent Iowa graduate from Peosta, Iowa, slipped to a share of 10th after shooting 72.

The third round of the 72-hole stroke-play event will be played Friday.

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