By Travis Andries
MARSHALL - Morning showers did little to stem the flow of the low scores turned in by the Dakotas Tour professionals during Day 2 of their 54-hole tournament at Marshall Golf Club. In total 20 players posted scores at or below par (71) on Tuesday.
Photo by Travis Andries
Tim Ailes, far left, follows his tee shot on the par-3 No. 10 at Marshall Golf Club on Tuesday as fellow Dakotas Tour players Brandon Crick, middle, and Nate Barbee, right, look on.
The low rounds of the day belonged to Paul Peterson and Jay Myers. Each shot a 6-under 65, matching the low round of the tournament thus far.
Peterson's 65, coupled with his 67 from the Schwan Food Company Pro-Am on Monday, has the Salem, Ore. native tied for the lead after 36 holes with 18-hole leader Tim Ailes.
Despite a slow start, including a bogey on the reachable par-5 first hole, Peterson was able to settle into a rhythm on the day and move up the leaderboard.
Day 2 Results (through 36 holes):
t-1. Paul Peterson 67-65-132, t-1. Tim Ailes 65-67-132, t-3. Jay Myers 72-65-137, t-3. Matthew Smith 70-67-137, 5. Brandon Crick 66-72-138, t-6. Jack Newman 71-68-139, t-6. Austyn Karle 70-69-139, t-6. Nate Barbee 67-72-139, t-9. Ryan Lenahan 72-69-141, t-9. Tyler Gann 71-70-141, t-9. Cam White 70-71-141, t-9. Rodney Hamblin 67-74-141, t-13. Kevin Starr 73-69-142, t-13. Kelly Kretz 72-70-142, t-13. Owen Mahaffey 73-69-142, t-13. Tom Carlson 71-71-142, t-13. Dave Schultz 72-70-142, t-13. Neil Johnson 71-71-142, t-13. Doug Quinones 70-72-142, t-13. Jeff Berkshire 69-73-142, t-13. Christopher Evans 69-73-142, t-22. Jordan Elsen 74-69-143, t-22. Cory Blenkush 73-70-143, t-22. Thomas Campbell 71-72-143, t-22. Jeff Burton 69-74-143, t-26. Patrick Strandemo 75-69-144, t-26. Trevor Blair 72-72-144, t-28. Jay Jurecic 75-70-145, t-28. Mark Pillen 73-72-145, t-28. Ryan Peterson 72-73-145, t-31. Sam Jandel 76-70-146, t-31. Ryan Nielson 74-72-146, t-31. Andrew Funk 74-72-146, t-31. Noah William 71-75-146, t-35. Jon Sauer 75-72-147, t-35. Travis Slaathaug 75-72-147, t-35. Levi Venn 71-76-147, t-38. Peter Lansburgh 76-72-148, t-38. Michael Vance 76-72-148, t-38. Shane Feist 76-72-148, t-38. Scott Pugh 75-73-148, t-38. Aaron Clausen 75-73-148, t-38. Matthew Moxness 73-75-148, t-38. Bryan Newman 73-75-148, 45. Travis Stockholm 72-78-150, t-46. Neil Frederickson 79-72-151, t-46. Kevin Stanek 77-74-151, t-46. Stuart Gold 74-77-151, 49. Tyler Monda 80-72-152, t-50. Jake Sanders 76-77-153, t-50. Taylor Stamp 75-78-153, t-52. Jamie Estrada 81-73-154, t-52. Ben Wood 80-74-154, t-52. Aaron Kilian-Smith 77-77-154, t-52. Jonathan Carlson 75-79-154, 56. CJ DeBerg 81-75-156, 57. Nolan Martin 81-77-158, t-58. Josh Porter 86-74-160, t-58. Lucas Reuter 84-76-160
NOTE: Cut is 2-over or 144.
"I hit a lot of wedges close and made some putts," Peterson said. "I didn't take advantage of the par-5s like I wanted to, unfortunately, but I hit some great putts and great wedge shots. I kept it in play all day."
Another factor in Peterson's charge on Tuesday was a considerably reduced wind. Blustery conditions on Monday kept many of the players from approaching par, while the calmer air on Tuesday brought some scores down.
"You can get at these pins a little bit better," Peterson said, noting the change in the course without a wind.
Myers, from Saratoga, Calif., also took advantage of the more favorable conditions to post a 65. Unlike Peterson, Myers started the day above par after recording a 1-over 72 on Monday; but similar to his fellow low-round, Myers got off to slower start with the two opening par-5s before finding his groove on the later holes.
"I parred the first one and birdied the second one," Myers said. "I actually hit the pin for two on No. 2, then two-putted. I played solid and just went after a lot of the center of the greens. There are a lot of uphill putts if you hit it in the middle of these greens."
With a two-day total of 137, Myers sits just five shots back of the leaders and is in a tie for third place with Matthew Smith.
Myers admitted that without his 65 on Tuesday, any shot at a potential win at MGC would have been a very long one.
"I knew I needed something good to get me back in there," Myers said. "I knew I needed to make some shots and today I got them."
Peterson, along with Ailes and Smith, will be teeing off in today's final grouping just after 10 a.m. Myers will be taking the course just prior, and is paired with fifth-place Brandon Crick and Austyn Karle (who is in a three-way tie for sixth).
Twenty-seven players made the cut into the final round of competition. All scores at or under 2-over-par after the first 36 holes (144 strokes) made the cut and will be eyeing the win.
A victory for Peterson would mark his first on the Dakotas Tour this year, while his best finish to date was fourth place at Bakker Crossing in Sioux Falls, S.D. on July 6-8. According to Peterson, the key to victory is simply not thinking about it.
"I just need to stay patient and take it one pin at a time," he said.
Round 3 tees off with the first groups at, approximately, 8:41 a.m. today.