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Crouch Tied for 26th After Two Rounds of Porter Cup Championship

Tim Crouch has shot a one-over 141 through two rounds of the 2014 Porter Cup.Tim Crouch has shot a one-over 141 through two rounds of the 2014 Porter Cup.

LEWISTON, N.Y. - After two rounds of play at the 56th Annual Porter Cup Championship here at the Niagara Falls Country Club, former Florida Southern two-time NCAA Division II National Champion medalist Tim Crouch is six-way tie for 26th place after firing an even-par 70 in Thursday's second round of action.

Crouch, who finished tied for eighth at last year's Porter Cup Championship, has shot a two-day, 36 hole total of one-over par 141 as he opened the four-day, 72-hole event by shooting a one-over par 71 in Wednesday's first round at the 6,871 yards Niagara Falls Country Club course.

After two rounds of play, Crouch, who is a native of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, trails tournament leader Geoff Drakeford of Australia by eight shots and is seven shots behind University of Texas sophomore Gavin Hall. Drakeford, who is playing one his final amateur tournaments before turning pro, has shot a seven-under par 133 for 36 holes as he carded a 67 in the opening round and fired a 66 in Thursday's second round. Hall, who is a native of Pittsford, N.Y., stands second as he has shot a six-under par 134 through 36 holes. Hall was the first round leader after carding a six-under 64, before firing an even-par 70 in Thursday's second round.

Entering Friday's third round of action, there are 25 golfers that have shot par or better through the first two rounds at the Niagara Falls Country Club.

Crouch, who will play in the next week's Western Amateur at the Beverly Country Club in Chicago, Ill., stands tied with Blair Hamilton, who is a junior at the University of Houston, Keelan Kilpatrick, who is junior at the University of California, McCormick Clouser, who is a senior at Ball State University, John Swain, who is a 2007 graduate of Princeton University and Boo Timko, who is a senior at Ohio State University.

In Thursday's second round, Couch, who is one of only three Division II golfers to ever win back-to-back national championships and one of only four to win multiple national titles, opened with a one-over 36 on the front nine, before shooting a one-under par 34 on the back nine. On the day, he recorded four birdies and four bogeys on his scorecard. In the first round on Wednesday, Crouch had three birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey on the par 3, No. 16 hole. Through 36 holes, he has recorded seven birdies, six bogeys and one double bogey and has played the course's three par-5 holes at two-under par through two rounds of action.

The Porter Cup Championship is one of the world's top amateur tournaments. The tournament is an amateur event conducted in a stroke play format over 72 holes. The participants for the tournament are selected on the basis of their competitive record and accomplishments in major amateur and collegiate tournaments. Crouch, who took home the 2013 and 2014 individual Division II national championship at the NCAA D-II National Championships, is currently ranked 122nd in the latest Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings.

In addition to playing at the Porter Cup Championships this week, Crouch, who will turn professional this coming fall, has had a busy summer playing on the amateur circuit as he recently took home the championship at the 50th Annual Mid-Ohio Golf Invitational, was fifth at the Ohio State Amateur Championships in early July and missed out on qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Championships in a playoff for the third of three qualifying spots. He is a second alternate for this year's event. In addition, Crouch finished in a tie for 15th place at the 61st Annual Sunnehanna Amateur Championship held on June 11-14 at the Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, Pa.

At the NCAA Division II National Championships, Crouch became the eighth Moccasin men's golfer and the first to ever win back-to-back national titles as he shot an even-par 213 at the Meadows at Grand Valley State in Allendale, Mich. With his individual national title, Crouch (2013 and 2014) joins Steve Sokol (2001), Jeff Klauk (2000), Matt Saglio (1999), Lee Janzen (1986), Tom Patri (1981) and Tom Gleeton (1979) as Mocs who have won individual national titles. 

Crouch will tee off at 11 a.m. Friday in the third round. The final round of the tournament is slated for Saturday, July 26. 

Click here for complete results of the 2014 Porter Cup Championship 

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