Smith builds super-senior lead at Golfweek Senior Am

Ted Smith is pulling away in the super senior division of the Golfweek Senior Amateur.

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Ted Smith from Wilkinson, Ind., took advantage of perfect scoring conditions in Round 2 of the Golfweek Senior Amateur and put up a 2-under 70 at PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament Course. Smith, the top-ranked player in Golfweek’s Super Senior Rankings, leads the super-senior division (ages 65-69) of the 54-hole event.

Smith didn’t start playing golf until he was 33. Still, he says he is playing the most consistent golf of his life. The 67-year-old was 3 under after six holes and didn’t let up. He carded five birdies to go with three bogeys.

“I tend to hit a lot of fairways and greens so right now I guess the weakest part of my game is my short game,” Smith said. “When I missed the first green from 101 yards out and made bogey, I knew I had to maintain composure and play solid golf the rest of the way.”

The self-taught player, who has never had a formal lesson, said he made a slight swing adjustment a few months ago and everything is starting to click now.

In the senior division, Doug Pool (145) is still at the top of the leaderboard. Robert Pomerantz (146) moved to within one shot of the lead by posting a second-round 70 to go with his opening-round 75.

In the Legends Division, Robert Wernick (148) maintained a 3-shot lead after rounds of 75-73. Walt Martin moved into second place with a 151 total after posting rounds of 79-72.

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