Eric Hammer of Melbourne, Florida, fired an opening round 68 which solidified his hold on the top spot at the USGTF Southeast Region Championship at Shingle Creek Golf Club in Orlando. His solid 76 in round two proved too much for the rest of the field to overcome. Going into the day, he held a three-shot lead over former champion Mark Harman, but Harman was unable to make up any ground on a hot and steamy day. Heavy rain overnight made the course that much more of a challenge. Hammer pockets $550 and the Southeast Trophy donated by region director Mike Stevens. It was a great weekend, and special thanks to Dennis Daugherty, who arranged for play and a fabulous dinner at Taverna Opa after the first round.
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