Americans Dominating in Canada


Canadian Tour-LargeVICTORIA, BC -- Americans Rich Massey, Jason Bohn and Bryan Wright share the lead after Fridays second round of the Canadian Tours Victoria Open.
All three sit at 7-under 133 through 36 holes, one shot in front of defending champion Paul Devenport, Aaron Barber, Mark Johnson and Mario Tiziani. Seven others, including Doug McGuigan of Langley, BC, are two shots back.
A total of 68 players shot 1-over-par or better to make the cut.
Standing on the par-3 17th tee at 5-under, Massey made up some ground in a hurry when he used a 7-iron to ace the hole from 163 yards out. Masseys group was playing in front of the trio of Bohn, Tiziani and Hank Kuehne, which had a boisterous gallery following them around Uplands Golf Club for the second straight day. The crowd was just moving towards the 17th green when Massey hit his shot.
I saw it bounce, but then I heard Kuehnes gallery going aahhhhhhhhhhhh, and then the big cheer, said Massey, who lost a playoff to Californian Derek Gilchrist at last summers Grant Forest Products/NRCS Classic. It was a tricky pin placement today, but there was a left to right wind so I tried to hit a bit of a draw. Its nice when a plan comes together.
Bohn, a two-time Canadian Tour champion, seemed to revel in playing with good friends Kuehne and Tiziani in front of the large crowds Friday. With the threesome all plodding their way through up-and-down rounds, the 29-year-old decided to lay down a wager with three holes to play.
I bet Hank and Mario a Dairy Queen Blizzard on who could shoot lowest coming in, laughed Bohn, who birdied two of the final three holes to win. And I have every intention of collecting on it. But both those guys are great to play with, and weve had a lot of fun.
In recent years, Bohn has had his fair share of good fortune, beginning it 1992 when he pocketed a cool $1,000,000 for a hole-in-one while at the University of Alabama. He also won money for another pair of aces and grabbed headlines around the world with a final-round 13-under 58 at the Bayer Championship in Sarnia, ON last September. But for the most part, 2002 has been a year a frustration for Bohn, despite making seven of nine cuts. He wound up tied for second at the Texas Challenge in March, but couldnt manage another top-10 until last week in Vancouver.
Ive been trying to motivate myself these last few weeks, and it might be starting to come around, he added. Golf is a funny game- when you are down, youve got to tough it out until you get it turned around.
Wright shot a 5-under 65 Friday, three shots better than his opening round, but conceded he hit the ball much better Thursday. Last weekend in Vancouver, the 27-year-old shot 9-under on the weekend to finish tied for 12th.
Actually, (Friday) was ugly compared to Thursday, said Wright. My ball striking just wasnt there, but I scratched it out. Everything has carried over since last weekend, so Ill just let it ride.
After an opening-round 77, Tour rookie Justin Snelling of Boise, ID bounced back with a tournament-low 63 Friday to make the cut.
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