Geoffrey Sisk rolled in a pair of 25-foot par-saving putts on Friday and grabbed possession of the second-round lead at the Nationwide Tour’s rain-delayed Mylan Classic. Play was suspended in mid-afternoon for 80 minutes because of rain and threatening conditions, preventing the completion of the round. A total of 27 players will return to the Southpointe Golf Club Saturday morning to finish things, including Sisk, who is at 10 under par through 15 holes.
Sisk holds a two-shot lead over Dave Schultz, who is at 8 under with one hole to go. Schultz eagled the par-5 eighth just before officials sounded the horn to stop play at 7:50 p.m.
Six players are currently tied for third place at 6 under par, including Steve Wheatcroft who grew up 10 minutes down the road and worked at Southpointe during his high school days. Wheatcroft birdied Nos. 16 an 17 but wasn’t able to beat the darkness and will have to come back in the morning for the par-4 18th hole.
Kevin Kisner (68), Jason Gore (67), Rocco Mediate (69), Chris Nallen (67) and rookie Mark Anderson (68) are at 6-under 138 and the leaders in the clubhouse.
“I was a little nervous starting off because I just haven’t been in this position in a while,” said Sisk, who shared the first-day at 6 under with Scott Dunlap. “I hit some good shots the first three holes. The wind was very tricky to start the day but I managed to calm down.”
Sisk chipped in for birdie at the par-3 third and made par at No. 4 just as storms rolled into the area and halted play.
“We came back out and the wind laid down and we basically had perfect conditions for the last 11 holes that we actually played,” he said. “I missed some chances on the last couple of holes but I felt comfortable. It was a long day with the delay and we caught up to some groups and had some waits on the tees but I’m happy how I’m playing.”
Early scores on Friday never threatened double digits as the wind picked up on the hilly course that features some of the longest and toughest rough on the Nationwide Tour this year.
“This golf course can jump up and grab you,” said Sisk. “If it had a little more length it would remind you more of an Open (U.S.) course because there are some places where the rough is so deep that all you can do is chip it back to the fairway and we haven’t had that in a long time.”
Honorary Tournament Chairman Arnold Palmer visited the Southpointe GC to watch his grandson, Sam Saunders, play, and said he is working with his grandson on his game. “He’s hitting the ball very well and it’s just a question of getting it all together in a little time,” he said. “It looks like we’ve hit the edge now and I think with some tournaments and a little practice he’ll do very well.”
Palmer had high praise for the Nationwide Tour, now in its 21st year.
“There’s no question about the fact that the Nationwide Tour is the proving ground for the regular tour. I think that’s wonderful,” he said. “They can’t do too much on that note and the more tournaments they get, the better the tournaments get, the better the players are going to get, and when they go to the regular Tour they’re prepared for it. You see how many good players have off of this tour and on to the regular tour, and I’d like to see that continue. I’d like to see the Nationwide Tour gain in stature and as it gains in stature the players gain and the big tour is going to gain from that.”
Second-Round Notes: Second-round play was suspended from 3:21 to 4:45 p.m. because of rain and threatening conditions in the area. … A total of 27 players will return Saturday morning to finish the round. Second-round play will resume at 7:45 a.m. The low 60 players and ties will advance to Round 3. … Third-round tee times will run from approximately 9:45-11:45 a.m. with play in threesomes off both the 1st and 10th tees.
Martin Flores had a 6-under eagle-birdie streak. Flores went B-E-B-B-B on holes 15-1. He finished with a 6-under 65 and is 3 under for the tournament. … Kevin Chappell, No. 5 on the money list, posted a 3-over 74 and missed the cut. Chappell shot a 3-over 38 on the front nine without the benefit of a par. Chappell had an eagle-2 at No. 1 and birdied Nos. 8 and 9. He bogeyed Nos. 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 and double bogeyed No. 4. … Chappell, J.J. Killeen and Jim Gallagher all eagled the 463-yard first hole. … Julien Trudeau bounced back from a 9-over 80 with a 4-under 67. Trudeau had a tournament-best string of four birdies in a row on holes 5-8.
Brad Elder withdrew prior to the start of the second round because of an injured neck. … Bubba Dickerson withdrew during the second round. … Jason Enloe withdrew during the second round due to injury. … Bryan DeCorso withdrew during second round due to injury. … Brady Schnell withdrew during the second round due to a back injury.