Snedeker recorded a 63 in the first round and then came back on the second day to post a round of 62. His two-round score of 15-under-par 125 leads the event by one stroke over Bill Haas, who fired rounds of 66 and 60.
Twenty six of the top thirty two players as ranked by Golfweek/Titleist are participating in the 72-hole medal-play event.
Just last week Snedeker, the 2003 SEC Golfer of the Year, earned national attention by winning the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at the Blue Heron Pines' East Course in Galloway Township, N.J. As a result of that win, Snedeker qualified to play in next year's Masters tournament in Augusta, Ga., provided he retains his amateur status.
The Porter Cup, first staged in 1959, ranks as one of the top amateur tournaments in the world. Through the years, the Porter Cup is proud to have hosted many of the greats of the game. Current PGA stars such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, David Duval, Tom Lehman, Hal Sutton and Justin Leonard have played in the Porter Cup.
Another Vanderbilt golfer, junior Ben McClung of Ponte Vedra, Fla., had a big day Thursday. McClung shot a 4-under-par 68 in the qualifying round at the Cotton States Classic at the Bayou DeSiard Course near Monroe, La. and not only qualified, but also claimed medalist honors.
McClung will be one of 32 contestants who will compete beginning Friday in the three-day match-play affair.