Second round leaderboard –
Bryn Parry – 65 (-12)
Albin Choi – 67 (-8)
Logan McCracken – 66 (-7)
BRYN PARRY TAKES THE LEAD BY FOUR AT PC FINANCIAL OPEN
(May 29, 2015 – Vancouver, B.C.) – North Vancouver, British Columbia’s Bryn Parry carded a 7-under 65 on Friday at Point Grey Golf and Country Club to take the 36-hole lead at the PC Financial Open, the opening event of the 2015 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada season.
The 43-year old former Web.com Tour member carded nine birdies and two bogeys in his second round to reach 12-under, four clear of Toronto’s Albin Choi through two rounds in Vancouver.
“It’s just been an absolute treat to play golf,” said Parry, who is playing on a sponsor’s exemption this week and works primarily as an instructor at the Bryn Parry Academy at Seymour Creek. “I still don’t have any expectations. I have a few things I’m going to work on that I want to try and accomplish this month, and tomorrow will be a day to try to get better at those things.”
Parry, who finished second in a playoff at the 2007 Henrico County Open on the Web.com Tour, said he’s gained perspective on the game in his post-Touring career, and hopes to take a fresh approach into the weekend without putting too much pressure on himself. “I did play on the Web.com Tour in ’07, but this is certainly a step up for what I do on a day-to-day basis, and it’s a treat. These guys are good.”
“I’ve got hockey with my kids tomorrow at seven o’clock in the morning, so we’ll go do our family stuff and then we’ll come back out in the afternoon and play,” said Parry, who will play with Choi in the day’s final group at 1:10 p.m. tomorrow.
Choi, who captured medalist honours at the Florida Qualifying Tournament last month, posted a bogey-free 67 to reach 8-under through 36 holes.
“The win at Q-School really kind of set things for me and really got me comfortable coming into this season,” said Choi, who was born in nearby Surrey and lived here for the first six years of his life before moving to Toronto. “Coming back here’s always a treat.”
Mackenzie Tour rookie Logan McCracken carded a 6-under 66 to sit in solo third at 7-under heading into the weekend.
NUMBERS YOU NEED TO KNOW
2: Players in the 60s in each of the first two rounds: Bryn Parry (67-65), Albin Choi (69-67).
16: Players at 5-under and within three shots of Albin Choi in second place.
8: Canadians in the top-11 through two rounds.
“To be honest, I didn’t swing at it quite as well today, but I stuck to the same game plan as day one, and I think that’s the way to approach the golf course. The more fairways you hit, the better a chance you have out here. Even if that lays me a little further back, that’s what my game plan has been – just to get it in the fairways and go from there.” – First round leader Thomas Hay on his even-par 72 in round two.
“I was trying not to watch the leaderboard too much. I knew the course was playing tough and the scores weren’t super low, so I knew if I played a good round I’d be in a solid spot for the weekend. I’m happy to be in the mix.” – 2013 Order of Merit winner Mackenzie Hughes on being in the hunt at 6-under through two rounds.
“If you’re on top of your game and playing well you can shoot a good score, but you can’t fake it out here. The course is penal but fair.” – San Diego, California’s James Erkenbeck, who fired the second lowest round of the day with a 6-under 66, on what it takes to post a low number at the challenging Point Grey Golf and Country Club this year.
Weather: 23 degrees Celsius. Sunny. Winds 9 km/h.
Bryn Parry missed the cut at last year’s PC Financial Open after rounds of 73-70. His last start on the Mackenzie Tour prior to that was at the 2009 ATB Financial Classic.
John Catlin, who finished T-4 at the PC Financial Open last year, sat T4 through two rounds.
Michael Gligic carded two eagles on his second nine to reach 5-under total.