They say records are meant to be broken.
But they’re not meant to be broken at this rate.
Miami Beach Golf Club’s course record for the South Beach International Amateur was reset three times Wednesday afternoon in the second round of the 198-player tournament, now in its second year.
First Victor Perez, a Frenchman out of the University of New Mexico, broke Tommy Mou’s record of 5-under-par 66, which was set Tuesday. Perez held the record for about an hour before Ryan Burgess, from Southern Methodist University, bested him with a 64. Minutes later, Burgess was outdone by Ole Miss sophomore Blake Morris, who shot a 63.
Morris’ mark is not only the South Beach International record at the course. It also broke a course record, regardless of tournament, of 64, established by Greg Kropf in 2003 when Kropf was already a professional in the PGA Tour.
Morris and Burgess are tied atop the leaderboard after the second round with scores of 9-under 132. Both are three strokes ahead of the next player on the leaderboard.
The third and fourth rounds of the event Thursday and Friday will be played at Miami Beach Golf Club after competitors were split between playing at Miami Beach and Normandy Shores Golf Club on Tuesday and then swapping courses for the second round Wednesday.
Morris, a native of Waterbury, Conn., was propelled by a solid front nine. He feels he carried that momentum through the day and just held on from then on.
“I got off to a hot start, birdied my first four holes,” Morris said. “I actually cooled off on the back nine. I wasn’t making as many putts as I did on the front.”
He finished Wednesday’s 18 holes with eight birdies and no bogeys.
Morris is not the one to be shaken by the high-end competition at the South Beach International Amateur, which includes 70 international players — including the entire French and Swedish national teams — from 24 countries and 48 of the top 600 amateurs in the world.
Only 20 years old and a sophomore in college, he played in elite tournaments like the Sunnehanna, U.S. Amateur and Northeast Amateur this past summer and finished in the top four five times in college events this fall at Ole Miss.
“It feels like I’ve been playing amateur events for 100 years now,” says Morris, who got started with golf hitting plastic golf balls through neighborhood windows when he was 4. “I feel like a veteran out here.”
Perez would have been more than happy to simply make the 75-player cut after shooting 3-over 73 at Normandy Shores on Tuesday. He bounced back at Miami Beach with birdies on four of his first six holes.
T-1. Ryan Burgess, Rancho Santa Fe, Cal./SMU, 132 (-9); T-1. Blake Morris, Waterbury, Conn./Ole Miss, 132 (-9); T-3. Brad Gehl, Carmel, Ind./Oklahoma State, 135 (-6); T-3. Hannes Ronneblad, Sweden, 135 (-6); T-5. Patrick Christovich, New Orleans, La., 136 (-5); T-5. Juan Pablo Hernandez, Mexico City/Arizona, 136 (-5); T-5. Tommy Mou, Taiwan/Florida, 136 (-5); T-5. Sebastian Soderberg, Sweden, 136 (-5).