Tour caddie leads Dixie Amateur by four shots

PGA Tour caddie Mateo Gomez (Weston, Fla.) shot a 2-under 70 to take a four-shot lead at the halfway point of the Dixie Amateur at Eagle Trace Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla.

The Colombia native and looper for Sebastián Muñoz was one of only four players to break par on a tricky day which saw gusty north winds at the former site of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic.

Gomez, who played his college golf at Lynn University, is the only player in the field to record two under-par rounds. He leads by four over fellow first-round co-leader Alstom Newsom (Chesapeake, Va.) of VCU, who had a 2-over 74 after opening with a 69.

They are the only two players under par through two rounds. Five players are tied for third at even par.

At Palm-Aire Country Club, Ellen Hume of Ole Miss and England shot her second-consecutive 69 to take the 36-hole lead in the Women’s Dixie Amateur. Hume has made just two bogeys in the tournament so far, the lowest of any player in the field.

She leads Florida State freshman Taylor Roberts (Parkland, Fla.) by one shot. Roberts has won two amateur tournaments this fall, the FSGA Fall Elite Series at the Mark Bostick Golf Course and the the Golfweek Sandestin Amateur.

University of Virginia freshman Jennifer Cleary (Wilmington, Del.) sits in third place, three shots back at three under par. Stanford commit Megha Ganne (Holdmel, N.J.) and Fresno State senior Brigitte Thibault (Canada) are tied for fourth at 2 under.