The superintendent at Banyan GC in West Palm Beach, Fla., carded an even-par round of 72 at Aviara Golf Club on Sunday to move into sole possession of the lead at the halfway point of the 2016 tournament. Zendt won his first GCSAA event two years ago during the event in Orlando, Fla.
Zendt struggled on the front nine, with bogeys on the third, seventh and ninth holes leading to a three-over-par turn. But he turned the heat up on his second nine, birdieing the par-5 10th, the par-4 14th and the par-4 16th to even things up on the day.
Two shots back of Zendt are Shawn Westacott from Meridoe GC in Carrollton, Texas, Michael Goldsberry from West Point G&CC in Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Javier Avalos from Tustin Ranch GC in Tustin, Calif. Defending champion Matt Cowan from the Fazios Canyon Course at Barton Creek in Austin, Texas, and Rob Roy from the River Club in Suwanee, Ga. both finished round one at 3-over-par.
Monday's final round of the GCSAA National Championship will be played on the South Course at Torrey Pines, host of the 2008 U.S. Open. For full results from all of the flights at the GCSAA Golf Championships, visit the GCSAA Golf Championships.