3 tied for lead in Nationwide Tour Championship


Nationwide Tour

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Colt Knost shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Joe Affrunti and Brendan Steele in the Nationwide Tour Championship, the last chance for all three to earn 2011 PGA Tour cards through the developmental circuit money list.

Joe Affrunti and Brendan Steele shot 71s to match Knost, the 2007 U.S. Amateur champion, at 7-under 137 on the Daniel Island Club’s Ralston Creek course. The top 25 on the money list after the tournament will earn PGA Tour cards. Steele is 30th on the money list, Affrunti 34th and Knost 36th.

“My ball-striking was there today,” Affrunti said. “The conditions were tough today with the wind. I can’t complain. Obviously, I’d always like to make a few more putts, but we have 36 holes left.”

Knost leads the field in driving accuracy, hitting 24 of 28 fairways.

“We all have the same goal,” Knost said. “If you say you’re not nervous, you’re lying. It’s a big deal to get to the next level and I want to get back.”

He had eight birdies, five bogeys and five pars.

“I knew it was going to be tough going into today,” he said.

Steele said it was difficult to not think about the money list.

“I’ve really done a good job working with my caddie on keeping my head away from what all is going on,” he said. “Staying focused on ours targets and yardages is all we can really do.”

Kevin Kisner (67), J.J. Killeen (68) and David Hearn were a stroke back.

Jamie Lovemark, No. 1 on the money list, was 3 under after a 72.

Scott Gardiner, No. 22 on the money list, was 1 under after a 75. No. 23 B.J. Staten (71) was 2 over, No. 24 Nate Smith (75) 4 over, No. 25 Chris Nallen (74) even par, No. 26 Brandt Jobe (73) 3 over, and No. 27 Hearn was tied for fourth. No. 28 Jon Mills (76) was 5 over.