(September 4, 2015 – Douro-Dummer, Ont.) – Lincoln, England’s David Skinns shot a 7-under 65 on Friday at Wildfire Golf Club to take the 36-hole lead at the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial.

The 33-year old reached 13-under through two rounds and led by one shot over Taiwan’s C.T. Pan, Florida’s Chase Marinell and Michigan’s Ryan Brehm heading into the weekend.
“It’s what we’re all looking for and where we want to be, so I’m looking forward to it,” said Skinns of the chance to compete over the weekend. “I’ve played the par-5s decent and hit a lot of greens, so it’s been nice.”
Skinns finished tied for sixth at Wildfire in 2013, one of four top-10s that season, and said competing on a familiar layout helped him after he only arrived on-site Wednesday, having spent the previous five days at home to visit his wife Kristin and 1-year old son, Brayden.
“It’s just such a pleasure to play this golf course. You stand there and look at it, and it’s just a really nice place to be,” said Skinns, who played on the Tour last season but finished 101st on the Money List and returned to the Mackenzie Tour this season. “In 2013 I felt like I was in contention every other week, so I was able to get into the flow. This year I felt like it was a little more sporadic.”
Pan and Marinell, who shared the first round lead with four others after opening with a 8-under 64s, were tied with Brehm two shots heading back into the weekend. For Marinell, who owns three top-10 finishes on Tour this season, the weekend represents another chance to gain valuable experience in his first year on the Mackenzie Tour.
“It’s never easy being in contention, but you just know how to handle yourself and what to do and how to take your medicine. I know a lot more about that now, so I think I’m going to handle myself great this weekend,” said Marinell.
A shot further behind in a tie for fifth were Peterborough’s own Ted Brown and last week’s winner at The Great Waterway Classic, Brad Clapp and long with New York’s Michael Miller at 11-under.
-4: The 36-hole cut, with 65 players making it to the weekend.
1: Player to make the cut in every event this season: Mackenzie Hughes, who was T27 through 36 holes.
11: Players within three shots heading to the weekend.
Second Round Leaderboard – (Bold denotes Canadian)
1.           David Skinns               65 (-13)
T2.        Chase Marinell            68 (-12)
T2.        Ryan Brehm                 66 (-12)
T2.        C.T. Pan                        68 (-12)
T5.        Brad Clapp                   68 (-11)
T5.        Ted Brown                   68 (-11)          
T5.        Michael Miller              68 (-11)
“I didn’t practice golf for two or three weeks, so some things were off. I’m just trying to get my game back in shape and to where it’s supposed to be. I drove it well and hit many fairways. I left a couple of shots out there, but you can’t make everything.” – C.T. Pan, who spent 12 days in service in the Taiwanese Military in August.
“I played well and hit the shots I was trying to hit for the most part. It’s funny because the first time I realized I had a chance to win was on the back nine, and that’s all you’re really trying to do – put yourself in good position. Brad Clapp ended up slamming the door shut, but I had a chance and that’s all you can ask for.” – Ryan Brehm, who finished T2 last week at The Great Waterway Classic, on the experience of being in the hunt on the weekend,
“I truly believe in myself as a player now. At the beginning I wasn’t really sure if I belonged out here. I missed the cut in Vancouver and I wasn’t sure about confidence in myself, but these last five or six weeks have been huge and I really think I can hang out here.” – Chase Marinell on gaining confidence from solid performances this year on the Mackenzie Tour.
“I’m just not overthinking it. You can get caught up in past accomplishments, and if you’re not in the present, it can bite you in the butt. I’ve just been doing the exact same thing this week and staying patient, and it really is a continuation of last week.” – The Great Waterway Classic champion Brad Clapp on keeping his solid play going this week at Wildfire.
  • Weather: 28 degrees Celsius (30 with Humidity). Sunny. Winds 13 km/h.
  • Adam Svensson’s streak of shooting under par in every round this season came to an end with a 1-over 73.
  • 65 players made the 36-hole cut at 4-under (T58) or better.
  • Mackenzie Hughes is the only player to make the cut in every event this season.
  • Order of Merit leader J.J. Spaun shot a 4-under 68 and was T12 at 9-under heading into the weekend.