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Links updates on Katz and Covelli

A pair of Buffalo-area golfers are doing well on the links this week in the Sunshine State.

Williamsville's Jake Katz, who is living in Florida while pursuing a pro career, made his first cut Tuesday on the developmental National Golf Association Pro Golf Tour. Katz shot 2-under-par 70 in the second round at Orange County National's Crooked Cat course. Located outside Orlando, the course is a monster at 7,493 yards.

Katz is tied for 23rd at 1-under 143 through two rounds of the three-round event.

Buffalo's Chris Covelli, who provided Katz with some of his best competition this summer during Buffalo District Golf Association events, is participating in the inaugural South Beach International Amateur.

The field features five of the top 50 in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking, including reigning U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft of Texas (No. 5 in the world).

Covelli equated himself quite well, shooting a 1-under 69 in the first round atthe par-70 Normandy Shores Golf Club. That has him in a tie for sixth place. Olivier Rozner of France leads after carding a 5-under 65, while Kraft is tied for second after opening with a 66.

Covelli tees off at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the second round, which will be played on the par-71 Miami Beach Golf Club.

Four other locals -- Orchard Park's Jonathan Clark (75), Elma's Billy Hanes (78), Amherst's Jacob Kreuz (83) and Williamsville's Bill Gaffney (93) -- are also in the field.

---Jay Skurski

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