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Van Pelt Leads Rain-Plagued BuyCom Event

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Bo Van Pelt posted a 5-under 67 on Friday and is in the clubhouse at 11-under 133 as rain forced the suspension of the second round of the Buy.Com Knoxville Open. First-round co-leaders Sonny Skinner and Heath Slocum are both at 11-under, but Skinner only made it through 17 holes and Slocum 15.

Afternoon thunderstorms forced a 2 1/2 hour suspension in play and evening storms forced the second round to be suspended at 7:10 p.m. EDT with 59 players still on the Fox Den Country Club course. The second round will resume at 8:00 a.m. Saturday. After completion of the second round, the 36-hole cut will be made and the third round will begin.
 
Slocum made history on Thursday when he eclipsed the Buy.Com Tour record of 98 consecutive holes without a bogey. He had 106 when the streak came to an end at the par-4 7th when he three-putted from eight feet.
 
'Normally on Fridays, I don't have that many people following me,' said Slocum. 'I was really more disappointed I didn't make the first one. I just pushed it and killed it and it went 2 1/2 feet by. I thought I hit a good putt coming back, but it never even touched the hole.'
 
Slocum came back with a birdie at nine and four consecutive pars. He birdied the 14th and was ready to complete the 15th when the horn sounded ending play for the day.
 
'There's nothing you can do,' said Slocum, winner of the Buy.Com Greater Cleveland Open two weeks ago. 'Mother nature is in control and we have to abide by her rules.'
 
Skinner mixed five birdies and two bogeys before he pushed his tee shot into the right rough at the par-5 last hole.
 
'I'm sure the officials made the right decision. It can be pretty frightening if you're out there and it starts lightning,' said Skinner. 'I would have liked to sleep in tomorrow and not have to come back to the golf course to finish the last hole.'
 
Van Pelt was on the 18th when play was suspended in the morning. When he came back, he played a 9-iron to 18 feet and two-putted for par.
 
'Sure, I would have preferred being done and gone to spend time with my wife and daughter,' he said. 'I knew I had only one shot to hit so it wasn't that bad. It would have been a lot more frustrating if I hadn't played. A lot of guys were here getting ready. They're here two hours early. Then to wait a couple more before going out to play. Nine hours or more on the golf course is tough.'
 
Brad Fabel is alone in fourth at 10-under 134, while David Gossett and Brian Bateman are in at 9-under. Jay Delsing is 9-under through 16 holes, Don Pooley finished 15 and Stiles Mitchell will return Saturday morning for seven holes.