DALLAS - Jacksonville’s Hunter Shattuck drained a 40-foot eagle putt on the par-5 17th hold to leave himself one stroke off the lead with one round to play at the 108th Texas Amateur.
Shattuck, a senior at Baylor, carded a 2-under 69 during Saturday’s round at Lakewood Country Club to leave him as part of a three-way tie for second place at 206. Joining him are Rob Couture of Dallas and Brady Purdom of Friendswood.
All three will be chasing Plano’s Parker Coody, who shot a 68 Saturday to go into Sunday’s final round with a one-shot lead.
“I made a lot of putts today, where I hadn’t made very many earlier in the week,” he said. “Then my ball-striking left me today. I’ve been hitting the ball really well the past two days and not getting anything to fall, and today was the other way around.”
After the eagle, Shattuck drove it into the trees on 18 and had to attempt to a rescue shot, which ended up in a fairway bunker. Ultimately he made a 15-footer for bogey that he said helped him keep a little momentum headed into Sunday. Like Coody and Couture, Shattuck has good vibes at Lakewood, where he won the 2013 Byron Nelson Junior.
“I love this course. I tell people it looks like I designed it because of all of the doglegs seem like I can hit it right at the dogleg and it’s not going to go through,” he said. “The greens are perfect and it’s a wedge-fest, and that’s how I like to play golf.”
The 108th Texas Amateur is the second of three TGA major events at Lakewood this month. Conducted by the TGA, the USGA on June 5 held a U.S. Open sectional qualifier at the 105-year-old Tom Bendelow-designed course. The LJT will hold its annual Byron Nelson Junior here from June 27-29.
The final round of the championship begins Sunday at 7:30 a.m.