South African Dawie van der Walt continued his torrid pace around Highland Springs Country Club on Friday morning. The former Lamar Cardinal fired a bogey-free 65 in the second round, posted 128 16-under-par and grabbed the 36-hole lead at the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.
“I’m very pleased with the way I’m playing,” van der Walt said. “If I can just continue to play the way I am, I should be in good shape.”
Wes Roach birdied his final two holes on Friday, carded 66 and finds himself one back heading into the weekend.
“I kind of put myself right back in the middle of it,” said Roach of his birdie-birdie finish. “I’m looking forward to the weekend.”
In the mix, three back, are Martin Piller (64), PGA TOUR veteran Billy Mayfair (62) and Kyle Thompson (67).
Van der Walt’s strategy around Highland Springs has been conservative. The Web.com Tour veteran has put a premium on hitting fairways and greens this week. The calculated approach is paying off, as Van der Walt has been blemish-free through 36 holes.
“That’s one of my goals,” said van der Walt. “I try and make a lot of birdies, but not make any bogeys.”
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Indiana native and Hoosiers graduate Chase Wright, 43rd on the money list of the PGA Tour’s Web.com Tour, has early bragging rights in the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.
Wright fired a 10-under-par 62 on opening day Thursday at Highland Springs Country Club, using an afternoon round to leapfrog early leader Wes Roach, who is tied for second with Dawie Van Der Walt with a 63.
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- Kring’s day: Kevin Kring, a 2008 Missouri high school state champion who is playing on an exemption, carded a three-over-par 75 on his home course. Kring will look to capitalize on an encouraging finish in which he saved par on 18 to end his morning round. He three-putted for bogey on his opening hole but was at 1-under through 13. “It was cool to look around and see people you know,” Kring told KY3 TV sports. “When I hit bad shots, I told my caddy, ‘Well, I’ve been there before. I know what to expect.’ Kring added, “To be settled in and then make mistakes is frustrating on a score-able.”
- Patton down the hatches: Patton Kizzire, an Auburn University grad who leads the money list with more than $391,000 this year, sits in a three-way tie for fourth with Kyle Thompson and Peter Malnati at 8-under-par 65. That’s notable because Kizzire has finished 10th in 25 events.
- Piller of the community: Sitting in 17th is Martin Piller, who been on fire of late with a 58-under-par in his past three starts and $250,000 in winnings. He won the Boise Open in mid-July, tied for 57th at the Utah Championship and won the Kansas City event last weekend.
- Free tickets: Available today through OakStar Bank.
- Free concert Saturday night: Join us for a two-hour free country music concert on Saturday night in the parking lot of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, 3861 E. Stan Musial Drive, or one mile east of the 60-65 interchange in southeast Springfield. Performing are Nashville up-and-coming stars SmithField and Georgia native Alex Hall. It all starts at 8 p.m., and beer and concessions will be available for purchase.
- Win $50,000: Enter to win the Missouri Golf Association Closest to the Pin & Hole in One Contest, set for roughly 4 p.m. Saturday, or after play ends. Age division winners advance to the finals, where a hole in one will earn the winner – if the winner sinks a hole in one – a sum of $50,000.
- Meet Coach Steckel: New Missouri State University football coach Dave Steckel on Saturday. Coach Steck will be available in the Cascade Financial tent near the 18th green from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.