Trinidad and Tobago-born golfer Stephen Ames carded three-under 69 in the second round of the Morocco Champions, to retain the lead in the inaugural event, yesterday.
The 55-year-old, who now lives in Vancouver, Canada, shot a superb 63 in Thursday’s opening round of the first Champions Tour event in Africa at Samanah Golf Club, to lie at 12-under overall and post a three-shot lead on the field.
American Brett Quigley, Germany’s Bernhard Langer and Spain’s José María Olazábal are all tied in second at nine-under.
“I played nice today,” Ames said. “Overall, I think the golf course played very fair.”
Ames, a four-time PGA Tour winner, had a rocky start to the day when he bogeyed the par-4 second to go one-over but recovered to pick up shots on the seventh and ninth, to make the turn at one-under.
On the back nine, Ames extended his momentum with a birdie on the par-4 10th and another on the par-5 12th, to soar to three-under. Ames then played solidly down the stretch, reeling off a string of pars to close out safely, if not spectacularly.
Heading into today’s penultimate round, Ames will be chasing his second Champions Tour win following his 2017 capture of the Mitsubishi Electric.