- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

DENVILLE, N.J. (AP) - Tyler Hall of Upper Montclair birdied three of his final six holes and opened a two-shot lead after two rounds of the $75,000 New Jersey Open on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Hall had five birdies and two bogeys in a 3-under 69 that gave him a 7-under total of 137 heading into the final round of the 54-hole event at Rockaway River Country Club.

Seton Hall senior Ryan Snouffer had birdies on two of his last four holes in fashioning a 1-under 71 to and join Hall in the final twosome.

Defending champion and first-round leader Max Greyserman was in third place after a 73 that included two late bogeys.

John McCarthy of Morris County was four shots off the lead and PGA Tour winner Jim McGovern of White Beeches was five back.

Hall is playing in the state Open for the first time since 2004. He spent the past 10 years playing on the mini tours.

“I left a lot out there the last two days,” said Hall, whose late birdies ranged in length from a tap in to 10 feet. “All in all to be 7 under and not really have going is a pretty good start.”

Hall knows how to win. He captured the Met Open in 2011.

“I always take great pride in rising to whatever challenge is thrown at me,” Hall said. “…Tomorrow, all in all, I think I will be pretty tough to beat.”

Snouffer had three birdies and two bogeys in a grinding round that included a 10-12 foot birdie on No. 15 ago and a 2-footer at the 17th.

Snouffer had the lead in the state Amateur two years and finished sixth.

“You kind of learn what you do under pressure for sure,” Snouffer, who has been working with a sports psychologist. “I am starting to learn what to do when I am under pressure.”

Greyserman, who won the state Amateur last month, blamed putting woes on losing the lead. The 20-year old who will be a junior at Duke next year was the youngest winner of the state Open when he won at 19 last year.

“I don’t feel any pressure,” Greyserman said. “I would like to win. That would be great. It was frustrating when I wasn’t playing well on the back nine.”

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