Fisher takes lead into final round of 73rd Herman Sani Tournament

Making a charge was the name of the game on Saturday as Darin Fisher (above) took the lead after round two of the 73rd Herman Sani Tournament at Echo Valley Country Club in Norwalk. 

After carding a bogey free 68 in round one, Fisher had a little more adversity during his second run at Echo Valley Country Club. Three bogeys jumped at Fisher. He fought back by tacking on five birdies to take a one-shot lead into the final round. 

Sam Vertanen was red-hot during his round today. With a four-under front-nine, Vertanen had it going early. Two more birdies were added to Vertanen’s card to start his back-nine, but finished his final four holes at two-over par.

Paired together for the first two rounds seemed to help Logan Barnes and Anthony Ruthey as they will head into the final round in a tie for third place. Barnes was our solo leader at seven-under par, but two double bogeys on his 15th hole and 17th hole set him back.

Ruthey played his front-nine at one-over par and carded an even back-nine to finish with a 72 on the day. Matthew Jennings, a fellow professional to Fisher, tied for fifth place with Connor Peck and Parker Oleson at one-under par.

The 2021 Senior Player of the Year, Joe Palmer, holds a two-shot lead over defending champion, Jay Gregory. Palmer posted a three-under round that included four birdies and on lone bogey on the twelfth hole. 

Jay Gregory kept himself in contention with a one-under round. Gregory began his day at two-over par through his first twelve holes, but three birdies in his final six holes pushed him back towards the top.

Recent U.S. Senior Amateur qualifier, Curtis Holck, finished his second round in third place. Holck totaled four birdies en route to a one-under round of 70. Brian Verduyn found himself five back of Palmer but crept back inside the top-five after tying Gregory and Holck at one-under par today.

The 2022 IGA Senior Match Play Champion, Jeff Collett is inside the top-five at three-over par for the tournament. Don’t count him out as he knows how to go low quickly. 

A new leader appears in the Super Senior Division. Jim Madsen fired back-to-back rounds of 72 to grab the lead by two shots over the 2021 Super Senior Player of the Year, Pat Ryan. 

On his final nine, Madsen caught fire, knocking in five birdies. The late hot streak was met with a double bogey on his final hole, but the 2021 runner-up will head into the final round with the lead.

Ryan carded the low round of the day with a one-under 70. Stranded on the right side of the seventh hole, Ryan punched out to five feet and with excitement, drained the birdie. 

Robert Pomerantz and Joel Yunek finished in a tie for third place with 148 tallies. Rob Christensen rounds out the top-five after a 74 in today’s round. Christensen will head into the final round with a 150 total.

The final round of the 73rd Herman Sani Tournament begins Sunday morning. Keep up with the action using our live scoring feature and find out who will be crowned the Herman Sani Tournament champion in all divisions.

Open Division
1. Darin Fisher 68-69=137
2. Sam Vertanen 71-67=138
T3. Anthony Ruthey 67-72=139
T3. Logan Barnes 66-73=139
T5. Matthew Jennings 67-74=141
T5. Connor Peck 69-72=141
T5. Parker Oleson 74-67=141

Amateur Division
Sam Vertanen 71-67=138
T2. Anthony Ruthey 67-72=139
T2. Logan Barnes 66-73=139
T4. Connor Peck 69-72=141
T4. Parker Oleson 74-67=141

Senior Division
1. Joe Palmer 71-68=139
2. Jay Gregory 71-70=141
3. Curtis Holck 72-70=142
4. Brian Verduyn 74-70=144
5. Jeff Collett 72-73=145

Super Senior Division
1. Jim Madsen 72-72=144
2. Pat Ryan 76-70=146
T3. Robert Pomerantz 75-73=148
T3. Joel Yunek 73-75=148
Rob Christensen 76-74=150

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