He is at it again. With 18 holes left to play in the Titleist/Foot Joy Canadian PGA National Club Professional Championship Arnprior native Jeff Buder has yet another chance to win the championship. Buder, now the Head Professional at Point Grey G&CC in Vancouver, lost in a playoff in 2009 and has a total of three top 10 finishes in the past four years.
Yesterday, Buder followed up his opening round of 72 with an impressive score of four under par 68. That moved him into solo third-place, two strokes back of the leader, fellow Vancouver pro David Zibrik. Zibrik had his own 68 on Tuesday.
Sitting between Zibrik and Buder, and still much in the picture, is Marc Girouard of St-Saveaur, Quebec, at five under par through 36 holes.
“I hit the ball really solid again today and I didn’t make those same silly chipping errors as I did yesterday and that seemed to be the difference,” said Buder, a former member of the Canadian Tour, after his round on Tuesday. “It feels great to put myself in position to win again after what happened last year and I’m looking forward to playing well again tomorrow.”
Zibrik, a Teaching Professional at Westwood Plateau, is using his length to overpower the Wannaker Course at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie this week. Whether that strategy will continue to work for him all the way to the end Wednesday remains to be seen.
“This is my first time down here and it’s been awesome, especially after putting myself in position to win a National Championship,” stated Zibrik, Head Teaching Professional at the Westwood Plateau Golf Academy. “I guess you might say I’m a bit of an underdog but if I can play well again tomorrow it might erase that status.”
First round leader Brian Hutton dropped back a bit in the second round after a score of 73. He is now tied for 4th place.
Kanata’s Graham Gunn, who was tied for second place after round one, now sits in a tie for 8th after a second round 74. He would need an exceptional round to catch the leaders.
One stroke back of Gunn is Napanee, Ontario native Scott Knapp who now plays out of Regina, Saskatchewan.
Scores for other players with regional ties in the top 20 after 36 holes.
T-11 Jeff Mills, (Lakefield, Ontario – formerly Belleville) 72-73-145
T-16 Chris Barber (The Landings, Kingston) 72-74-146
For a complete rundown of scores see here.
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