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Gillis, Moore among Cal State Open second-round leaders

By in Press Enterprise on July 13, 2017

By Brian Robin

MURRIETA – Unless there’s a familial tie, college connection or golf club contact, the names you see on the leaderboard of the 118th California State Open may not be of the household variety.

Yet.

But while local golf fans already know David Gazzolo of Riverside, the defending champion of the California State Open, and the Murrieta duo of Kevin Dougherty – he of the T23 finish at last month’s U.S. Open and Rickie Fowler on speed-dial — and Josh Anderson, here are two more names to pay attention to: Tyler Moore and Sam Gillis.

Moore, an Escondido resident who just transferred from Arizona to UC Riverside, and Riverside’s Gillis, who just graduated from UCR with a business degree, are two of your leaders at the halfway point of the Cal State Open at Bear Creek Golf Club.

Moore followed Tuesday’s 69 with a 2-under-par 70. Gillis mastered the afternoon winds by tying for the day’s low round – a 6-under 66. Both are in at 5-under, 139 and are tied with Palm Desert’s Kitaek Lee and Tyler Torano of Chula Vista.

So if you’re keeping score like these guys are, that’s three Riverside County residents atop the leaderboard of an event that not only dates back to the dawn of the 20th century, but sports nine major champions on its winner’s roll. Included in that are 11-time major winner Walter Hagen, Horton Smith – who won two of the first three Masters Tournaments – and one-time Apple Valley resident Lloyd Mangrum.

Moore and Gillis aren’t ready for golf’s Mount Olympus – yet. But the Cal State Open?

“All in all, it was a solid round. It was tough with the wind; I battled all day, but I’m happy with how I played,” said Moore who hit 10 fairways and 15 greens in the wind by merely moving […]    

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