Eighty-One Golfers Survive in Edmonton

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It was a good day all around Friday for Doug McGuigan at the Canadian Tours TELUS Edmonton Open.
 
The 30-year-old Langley, BC resident carded a second-round 5-under-par 66 at the Edmonton Country Club for a two-day total of 132, good enough for a share of the lead with Ken Staton of Ormond Beach, Fla. Grant Masson (Dallas, Tex.) sits one stroke back ,while six others, including Mike Belbin of Sherwood Park, AB, are two shots off the pace.
 
Moments after completing his round, McGuigan checked his cell phone messages and learned he had been invited to the $5 million (U.S.) Alfred Dunhill Links Championship to be played overseas later this year. But his focus was clearly on Edmonton Friday, and McGuigan, who had three sub-70 rounds at the TELUS Vancouver Open a week ago en route to tie for 17th, maintained he must not let his mind wander beyond the weekend.
 
If you can get dialed in on this course and you get a hot putter, there is room for some very low scores here, he said. That says a lot for the quality of the course, but the standard of the players on this Tour is unbelievable. I think youll see that all weekend long, and I will need to keep my focus on what it is I have to do.
 
Staton, who wound up 11th on the Canadian Tour money list a year ago, set the pace with a course-record 63 Friday, one shot better than the benchmark that Calgarian Jamie Welder established during the opening round the day before. After shooting even-par through his opening seven holes, the two-time Tour winner reeled off four consecutive birdies and managed another two, along with an eagle, before the day was over.
 
The thing about this course is that you can string on a lot of birdies together if you get on a roll, said the 60, 165-pound Staton. I am feeling good about every part of my game right now, and I just have to continue what I am doing.
 
Last Sunday in Vancouver, Staton barely missed an eagle putt on the final hole that would have seem him eventually join a playoff with six other players, but he stressed Friday that that what happened in B.C. was a thing of the past.
 
I thought I should have won that tournament last week if not for a couple of near-misses. But that is old news nowthis is a totally different tournament this week and Vancouver hasnt even entered my mind.
 
Players finished at 2'under-par or better to make the cut and will compete over the weekend for the $24,000 top prize.
 
Full-field scores from the TELUS Edmonton Open