Defending NCAA Division II national champion Sam Migdal of Ballwin remains the player to beat after two rounds of the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Championship at Boone Valley Country Club in Augusta, Mo.
One day after a blistering the par-71 course with a 5-under par 66, the 22-year-old Central Missouri State University standout, shot a 73 and holds a two-stroke lead over former champion Skip Berkmeyer heading into the final round on Saturday.
Migdal is at 3-under 139 after 36 holes
The Metropolitan Golf Association points leader, Berkmeyer shot 72 and is at 141, one stroke better than Zach Cutler, of St. Louis.
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Making the biggest jump was 19-year-old Michael Johnson, of Maryville. The former Althoff High School standout shot a 2-under par 69 and is alone in fourth place at 143.
St. Louis area players Scott Seibert and Tim Jasper round out the top six players and are tied for fifth place at 2-over 144. The third and final round is set to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
Another player within striking distance is 2014 Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association points champion Phil Caravia, of Belleville. Caravia shot 74 and is tied with Jim Holtgrieve, of St. Louis, at 145.
Two other metro-east players also survived the 36-hole cut, which came at 155.
Former Columbia High School player Drew Weisenborn shot 76 and is at 151. Former tournament champion Tim Riley, of Belleville, shot a 75 and is at 152.