DALLAS — Hunter Shattuck’s hole-in-one was the highlight in his 1-under-par 70 second round at the HP Byron Nelson Junior Golf Championship on Wednesday. The Jacksonville golfer has a four-stroke lead over a trio of golfers.

Shattuck, who was the TAPPS Class 3A medalist for Bullard Brook Hill School, has the largest lead heading into the final round at the HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship since Jordan Spieth’s eight-stroke lead in 2009. The final round of the 54-hole tourney is Thursday.

Conducted by the Legends Junior Tour, the HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship features one of the strongest fields in the region with 78 players from Texas, Mexico and Japan. The par-71 Lakewood Country Club is playing 6,680 yards for all boys.

Shattuck, who had the lead entering the final round at last year’s Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship, looks to maintain the lead by hitting fairways and greens.

“If I hit my driver and irons well (Thursday), I know I will be there in the end,” said Shattuck, who helped Brook Hill to the team TAPPS state title. “I hit my driver well all day today and my irons came through down the stretch and I was able to put up another good score.”

Shattuck’s hole-in-one on No. 12 was the second of his career. He struck a cut 8-iron from 144 yards. He had a bogey and birdie coming in down the stretch to fire his second consecutive 70. He has a two-round total of 2-under 140.

Benjamin Arnett of Houston (73-71), Benjamin Baxter of Flower Mound (71-73) and Walker Lee of Houston (70-74) are all tied for second at 144.

Arnett, the defending champion, and Baxter will join Shattuck in the final group. Lee will be in the second to last group. Granbury’s Travis Benson, who had the low round of the day (2-under par 69), and Frisco’s Brandon Smith are tied for fifth place, five shots behind the leader.

The field was cut to the low 36 players and ties following Wednesday’s second round. The cut line fell at 11-over par 153 with 39 players advancing to the final day.

Longview’s Devin Jackson (74-74) is tied for 12th at 148, while fellow Longview golfer Bryce Alley (73-79) is tied for 32nd at 142 with Nacogdoches’ Colin Frizzell (78-74).

Hideaway’s DJ Godoy missed the cut by one stroke. The Lindale High School golfer scored a 154 (77-77) for a tie for 40th. Sulphur Springs’ Zachary Blackmon (81-78—159) tied for 59th.

Final round tee times will begin at 8 a.m. on Nos. 1 and 10.

 
 

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