Grob Gillespie Share Lead After Wet And Windy Day


HUNTSVILLE, ON - Derek Gillespie and Mike Grob overcame miserable conditions Friday to share the lead after the second round of the Canadian Tour's $150,000 Ontario Open Heritage Classic.
The 24-year-old Gillespie, who carried a one-shot lead into play Friday, carded a 1-under 71 at the Mark O'Meara Course at Grandview for a 36-hole total of 8-under 136. Grob finished with a 2-under 70 to pull even after two rounds. Iain Steel of Malaysia is one shot back, while Jim Rutledge and Hank Kuehne are at 6-under 138. David Hearn is just three strokes off the pace.
With high winds and heavy rains whipping throughout Grandview all afternoon, Gillespie, who won the Myrtle Beach Barefoot Championship last month, was more than pleased to be tied for top spot after two days.
'It was just miserable out there today, so I can't be at all disappointed shooting 1-under,' said Gillespie, the 2001 Canadian Rookie of the Year. 'I made some bad shots on the back nine, but I was getting tired. They were mental mistakes more than anything.'
With his father Gary and mother Donna following him around the 7065-yard layout, Gillespie held his own against the elements and will go in search of his second win of the season this weekend.
'Hey, my parents toughed it out today-if they can do it, I can,' he smiled. 'It wasn't a lot of fun out there, but that's golf. Sometimes the difference is so minute between a good and bad round, and today was an example of that.'
Like Gillespie, Grob just tried to stay focused and keep his composure in the driving rain. His spirits were buoyed early when he chipped in for eagle on the par-5 5th hole and, after that, Grob just wanted to get through his round without putting up any big numbers.
'It got worse as the day went on, but if you are playing well you can almost stay out of your own way,' he reasoned. 'If you let it get into your head that you can't do it because of the conditions, then you probably can't. It will be nice to sleep in and get back at it Saturday. I'm really looking forward to the weekend.'
Playing with Kuehne Friday morning, Rutledge, a six-time Canadian Tour champion, managed the low round of the day with a 5-under 67.