The 26-year-old, who now lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., carded his second consecutive 4-under 68 at ChampionsGate and carries a one-shot lead over 2000 US Amateur runner-up James Driscoll (Brookline, Mass.) and Tim Turpen (West Palm Beach, Fla.) into Wednesdays third round. After an opening-round even-par 72, Driscoll bounced back with a 65 Tuesday. Dave Levesque of Quebec City is five shots back.
A total of 240 golfers from 16 countries, including 191 from the United States, are challenging for 20 exempt and 10 non-exempt cards for the 2002 Canadian Tour season. Each contestant will play two rounds at both the International and National courses through Thursday. The top 60 scores plus ties will advance to Fridays final round on the International.
Rashell is hoping to be a full-fledged member when the Canadian Tour stops into Arizona for two events in late March. One of the tournaments, the Scottsdale Swing at Eagle Mountain, will be held on his home course, Eagle Mountain Golf Club.
I think that would be a lot of fun to play there. I am obviously pretty familiar with the layout, said Rashell, who also played at the University of Washington. But there seems to be a lot of competition on this tour, and I am looking forward to it should things go my way this week.
Things certainly went Rashells way Tuesday, thanks to an identical 2-under 34 on both the front and back nine. Despite three bogeys, Rashell was able to offset the damage with seven birdies to close out his round.
That was a good way to finish, and hopefully I can carry that over to tomorrow, he added. There is still a long way to go and as clich as it sounds, I just have to keep hitting fairways and greens. Ill try to keep dropping those birdies and see where I am at the end of five days.
Round 2 Scores From Winter Qualifying School