(July 31, 2015 – Cochrane, Alta.) – Victoria, British Columbia’s Cory Renfrew shot a 6-under 64 on Friday at The Links of GlenEagles to take the 36-hole lead at the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s ATB Financial Classic.
The 29-year old birdied his final two holes to reach 11-under par through two rounds, one stroke ahead of Santee, California’s Daniel Miernicki, Tucson, Arizona’s Jonathan Khan and Antibes, France’s Julien Brun
“I just kind of stayed patient all day. We were just having fun out there. I just kept hitting good shots and seeing putts go in, so I’m looking forward to the weekend,” said Renfrew, who already owns a Mackenzie Tour win in Alberta at the 2012 Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON in addition to 10 career top-10s. Renfrew finished T4 at the ATB Financial Classic last year.
Teeing off on the back nine, the University of British Columbia grad opened with seven straight pars, then made three birdies in a row on holes 17, 18 and 1 to kickstart his round.
“That kind of got me going, and I just felt comfortable after that. I drove the green on 17, which was nice, and just kind of rolled from there,” said Renfrew, currently 41st on the 2015 Order of Merit.
Earlier, Khan fired an 8-under 62 to match the GlenEagles course record, while Miernicki and Brun carded rounds of 66 and 67, respectively, to reach 10-under.
“I made some long putts early and I think that got the putter going. It was kind of spread out. It felt like every three holes I made birdie, and it was good,” said Khan, who posted eight birdies and was without a bogey.
The 26-year old, who has conditional status on the Mackenzie Tour and is making just his third start of the season, said he relished the opportunity to get a start this week in Calgary and was ready to take advantage.
“I was able to go back and practice and stay ready,” said Khan, who found out on Sunday he got into the field. “I’ve just been kind of working on the game and preparing myself mentally. You never know if you’re in or you’re out, so you just try to prepare for a tournament.”
Letzig, the winner earlier this year at the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel, was two shots back in his first start since a three-week break to be at home for the birth of his second child, daughter Raleigh Caraline, along with 2012 ATB Financial Classic champion Michael Gligic or Burlington, Ontario and Olympia, Washington’s Cameron Peck.
NUMBERS YOU NEED TO KNOW
32: Players within five shots of the lead through 36 holes.
129: Cory Renfrew’s 36-hole total score, one shot higher than Brock Mackenzie’s total through two rounds at last year’s ATB Financial Classic and tied with Albin Choi (Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist) for the lowest total this year.
1: The number of 36-hole leaders or co-leaders to go on to win this season.
“You’re going to have plenty of looks whether you play conservatively or aggressively, so the scores aren’t going to go backwards. There are four par-4s where you’re either pitching or you can get it close, so if you’re not hitting your driver straight you can still score well.” –Daniel Miernicki on the low scores at GlenEagles.
“Even though I made a couple of bogeys on the back nine, I still felt really good about how I played. You never know where you’re going to be on the leaderboard at the end of the day so you have to keep trying to make birdies.” – Julien Brun, who made the turn at 12-under before making two bogeys on the back nine.
“Yesterday was really the first or second round of golf since I won a few weeks ago. I’ve just been on baby duty, so it was a little erratic yesterday. I fell right into form and played good. When you’re not playing well and don’t have a lot of confidence, you spend a lot of time practicing and searching for whatever it is that’s going to click that confidence in. When you have that confidence it’s easier to take time off because you still have that belief and those same good thoughts.” – Michael Letzig on getting back into the swing of things this week after some time off. Letzig won the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel, then took the next two events off to be at home for the birth of daughter Raleigh Caraline.
“I was pretty proud of myself. I didn’t hit the ball very well and didn’t drive the ball very well. I just did my stats and I hit 12 greens and only four fairways and had 27 putts, so considering that I’m pretty happy with my score.” – 2012 ATB Financial Classic champion Michael Gligic, who grinded out a 3-under 67 to sit 9-under, one off the lead.
- Weather: 31 degrees Celsius. Sunny. Winds 20 km/h.
- Jonathan Khan’s 62 tied the course record at The Links of GlenEagles, matching Tom Carter at the 2003 Alberta Calgary Classic.
- This marks Cory Renfrew’s first 36-hole lead on the Mackenzie Tour. Previously, he held the lead after 54 holes at the 2012 Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist.
- Khan’s 62 is the fifth 62 on the Mackenzie Tour this season, matching Adam Svensson (R3 – Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist), William Kropp (R3 – Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist), Krister Eriksson (R2 – Staal Foundation open presented by Tbaytel) and Eugene Wong (R3 – The Players Cup) for the lowest round of the year.
- Jonathan Khan earned conditional status at the California Q-School (T30) and has missed the cut in both his starts this season.
- Daniel Miernicki has split time between the Web.com Tour and Mackenzie Tour this season. He has made 3/3 cuts on the Mackenzie Tour and ranks 84th on the Order of Merit, and has made 2/5 cuts on the Web.com Tour and ranks 178th on the Money List.
- Julien Brun earned medalist honours at the California Q-School and is exempt on the Mackenzie Tour this season. After missing the cut in his first start of the year, he has posted finished of T11-T8-T14 in his last three starts.
- 75 players made the cut at 3-under, tied for 57th.
- With J.J. Spaun missing the event and Clark Klaasen missing the cut, Mackenzie Hughes and Sam Ryder are the only players to make the cut in every event this season.
T2. Julien Brun 67 (-10)
T2. Jonathan Khan 62 (-10)
T3. Michael Letzig 64 (-9)
T3. Cameron Peck 67 (-9)