Club Pros Head Into Weekend at Sunriver


PGA of AmericaWayne DeFrancesco posted a 69 Friday to extend his outright lead to four shots over the rest of the field in the 34th PGA Club Professional Championship.
DeFrancesco, head pro of the Woodholme Country Club in Baltimore, Md., made four birdies against just a single bogey over the Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort, to move to 10-under-par 134 for the championship.
The 43-year-olds closest pursuers are Bruce Zabriski (72), Jeffrey Lankford (68), David Hutsell (68) and Dean Prowse (69). They all sit at 6-under 138.
DeFrancescos dominating 36-hole score might have even been a bit better had it not been for a bogey at the closing par-4 18th.
I got tired on 18, he claimed. Hit two poor shots and saved for bogey. I really had no shot at the hole with the pin placement today. I had pretty good command and didn't make any mistakes. I made a bunch of pars. It's good to go as low as you can; it's less you have to make up.
Entering Saturdays third round, he wont have to make anything up.
He may want to keep an eye on Zabriski, however. Zabriski ' the head pro at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach ' won this event in 1997, and likes the setup of the course.
'It's going to be a great tournament this weekend on a great golf course,' Zabriski claimed. 'Guys can go low. It's the kind of course that guys can shoot 5- or 6-under. So, everybody's in it.'
Well, not everybody. The original field of 156 of the countrys best was trimmed following Fridays play to the low 70 and ties. The cut came at 1-over 145.
Following Sundays 72nd hole, the top-25 finishers will be invited to this years PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Thirty-nine states were represented in this years edition of the Club Professionals Championship. The Crosswater Club ' at 7,470 yards ' is the longest track the event has ever been contested upon.
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