Adam Cornelson retains lead at The Wildfire Invitational

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ISN – (August 30, 2014 – Douro-Dummer, ON) – Langley, British Columbia’s Adam Cornelson
did just enough to keep his lead at The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC
Financial, firing a 5-under 67 on Friday to reach 14-under par through two rounds
at Wildfire Golf Club.

The 26-year old carded five birdies on a bogey-free day, including one at the par-3
ninth, his final hole of the day, to lead by one over player partner Brock Mackenzie
of Yakima, Washington.

“This is crunch time, and hopefully I can stick to my routine and keep the weekend
going hot,” Cornelson said, refusing to get ahead of himself with two rounds to go.
“I’m happy where I’m at, but there’s a long way to go, and with this TOUR, we all
know the weekends get going. I’m going to keep my foot on the gas.”

Cornelson, a fourth-year PGA TOUR Canada member, comes to Wildfire at 97th on the
Order of Merit, knowing he needs to make a move up the leaderboard to capitalize on
the biggest opportunity of his season – if not his career. The University of New
Orleans grad has five career top-25 finishes on PGA TOUR Canada, but is looking for
his first top-10 after missing five of his past six cuts.

“I started out pretty decent and got in a bit of a lull, but I kept working hard and
had the attitude that I knew I could do this, and fortunately I’m starting to
score,” Cornelson said of his 2014 season. “I’m sticking to my routine and picking
good targets, and making good committed golf shots. I’m making the putts I need to
make to keep the momentum going.”

The solid starts for Cornelson and Mackenzie came after the pair played together in
each of the first two rounds, with the pair combining for 27 birdies, an eagle and
just two bogeys through 36 holes.

“It was a real comfortable group, and Adam had another great round, so we just kind
of fed off each other a little bit,” said Mackenzie. “It’s always more comfortable
when you play with somebody that you like and you respect.”

“Brock had a hot start, and it pushed me to make more birdies for sure,” added
Cornelson. The pair will tee it up together again on Saturday in the day’s final
pairing at 1:15 PM ET.

One shot back of Mackenzie at 12-under were Meridian, Idaho’s Joe Panzeri and Corpus
Christi, Texas’ Randall Hutchison.

MACKENZIE PEAKING AT RIGHT TIME IN BANNER SEASON

With a storied playing resume that includes two PGA TOUR Canada wins and 73
starts on the Web.com Tour, it’s no small statement for Brock Mackenzie to say
he’s playing better than he ever has, but that’s exactly what the Order of Merit
No. 3 says he’s doing this season on PGA TOUR Canada.

“It’s fun. I know I’m 33, but I do feel like I’m playing probably the best golf of
my life,” said Mackenzie, the ATB Financial Classic champion earlier this season.
“I’m just trying to keep it going week in and week out, so it’s fun right now.”

In addition to his win in Calgary, Mackenzie has two other top five finishes to his
name this season, just $7,665 back of Order of Merit No. 2 Tim Madigan, who missed
the cut at Wildfire. Mackenzie can pass Madigan with a three-way tie for third or
better this weekend.

HEMMERICH CONTINUES UNDER PAR STREAK TO BEGIN PRO CAREER

Kitchener, Ontario’s Chris Hemmerich has kept the strong start to his
professional career going this week at Wildfire, sitting in a tie for seventh
through 36 holes. The 21-year old has yet to shoot a score of par or worse as a
professional after a four-under 68 on Friday that put him 10-under through two
rounds.

“It’s been a good start to the career. I’m just trying to get myself in there come
Sunday,” said Hemmerich, who played in the final group at The Great Waterway Classic
last week before finishing in a tie for fifth. “Last week I learned a lot on Sunday.
I didn’t play how I wanted to, but learned a lot and hope to get myself in the same
position this week.”

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