Tidland Coles Enloe share lead in Arkansas


Nationwide TourFORT SMITH, Ark. ' Chris Tidland, Gavin Coles and Jason Enloe finished atop the leaderboard after Friday's second round of the Fort Smith Classic.
Tidland (62), Coles (66) and Enloe (65) completed 36 holes at 11-under 128 and are three clear at Hardscrabble Country Club.
Kris Blanks and Brenden Pappas each carded rounds of 5-under 65 and are knotted in fourth place at 8-under 132.
Tidland started on the 10th tee and promptly birdied his first two holes. He birdied 13 and 15 to get to 7 under for the championship, but his final first-nine birdie came from 20 feet at the 16th. That got Tidland to the turn on Friday at minus-8.
He missed the green with an 8-iron at the par-3 second and made bogey. Tidland played holes 5-7 in 4 under par, thanks in part to a 25-foot eagle putt at the sixth.
Tidland parred his last two to earn his share of the lead.
'I had a lot of good opportunities today,' said Tidland, who owns one Nationwide Tour victory. 'I made a lot of them. I drove it nice and hit lots of good wedges and short irons.'
Coles, a four-time champion on the Nationwide Tour, also played the back nine first on Friday. He birdied No. 14, but lost the stroke thanks to a bogey at the closing hole.
Coles birdied the second and third to get to minus-9. At the par-5 sixth, Coles hit a 4-iron to 8 feet and converted the eagle putt.
He birdied the par-3 eighth and found himself at 12 under par. Unfortunately for Coles, he bogeyed the par-4 ninth to fall into a share for first.
'It's playing really nice today,' stated Coles, an Englishman. 'You get rewarded for a good shot and you've got to work hard when you don't hit one that's not so good.'
Enloe, like his fellow co-leaders, teed off on No. 10 to start his second round. Unlike those who joined him at minus-11, Enloe made it around Hardscrabble Country Club without a bogey.
Overnight leader Phil Tataurangi struggled to a 1-over 71 and fell into a tie for sixth place with Dustin Risdon, who posted a 68 Friday. They finished at minus-7.
The 36-hole cut fell at even-par 140 and Kevin Johnson, a playoff winner in two of the last three Nationwide Tour events, missed the weekend by a single stroke.
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