Points Springer Share Lead at LaSalle


GLENVIEW, Ill. -- D.A. Points set a new course record Friday when he fired a 9-under 62 to take a share of the lead during the second round of the LaSalle Bank Open. Points stands at 10-under-par 132 and is joined there by Mike Springer, who carded a 6-under 65.
Weather issues have caused long delays over the first two rounds. The second round was suspended due to darkness and the 47 players remaining on the course will resume their rounds Saturday at 8:00 a.m. EDT with the third round to follow.
Jeff Street and Jeff Klauk share third place at 9-under-par 133. They are tied there by Mark Wilson, who has completed 16 holes.
Doug LaBelle II and Mathew Goggin are one stroke further back at minus-8, having completed their rounds. Brett Wetterich is tied with that duo at 16 under par and he has finished 16 holes of his second round.
Points began on the 10th tee at The Glen Club and started with back-to-back birdies to get to 3 under. He notched birdies at the 13th and 15th to continue his climb up the leaderboard.
The 2001 Inland Empire Open winner went to 6 under for the event with a birdie at the 18th, his ninth. Points then ran off three straights birdies from the par-3 fourth.
Points closed with a birdie at the par-3 ninth to set a new course record by two strokes. Points had set the course mark of 64 last year, and that also tied the 18-hole tournament record which Doug Barron established in 2002.
'I came out of the gates great,' said Points, who led after three rounds of the 2003 LaSalle Bank Open. 'I turned at 30 and it was pretty easy. This is a great feeling, but I've still got a lot of work left.'
Springer spread a birdie and two bogeys over his opening nine holes to head to back nine at minus-3. He erased those bogeys with birdies at the 10th and 12th.
Springer, who owns four Nationwide Tour and two PGA Tour titles, got to 6 under for the tournament with a birdie at the par-4 14th. He chipped in for eagle at the very next hole and collected another eagle at the par-5 18th to leap into a share of the lead.
'I've hit some beautiful shots this week,' said Springer, who set new nine-hole tournament record of 28. 'I really wanted to make the putt on the last hole because I've never shot 28 before.'
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