Round 2 – SIGA Dakota Dunes Open
(Whitecap, Sask.) – Dusseldorf, Germany’s Max Rottluff and Raleigh, North Carolina’s Carter Jenkins reached 12-under par through two rounds on Friday at Dakota Dunes Golf Links to share the 36-hole lead at the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s SIGA Dakota Dunes Open.
Rottluff and Jenkins, who both turned professional earlier this year after concluding their college careers, played together the first two days and carded identical rounds of 67-65 over the first two days to lead by one over Calgary, Alberta’s James Love and Orlando, Florida’s Ross Beal.
“He bombs the ball and it’s fun to watch, so we were having a good time for sure,” said Rottluff, a 2015 1st team NCAA All-American at Arizona State, of his high-octane grouping with Jenkins.
Jenkins, a 20-year old who turned pro following his junior season at the University of North Carolina this spring, said he enjoyed treating the pairing like match play and fuelled his own solid play by watching Rottluff.
“He got off to a great start and eagled No. 2, which was our 11th hole. That put him to 10-under, and I had a 4- or 5-footer for birdie on that same hole to get to nine, so I definitely tried my hardest to catch him, and it was great to have someone to feed off of,” said Jenkins.
With both players heading straight from the conclusion of their college seasons to the Mackenzie Tour last month, a week off after the GolfBC Championship was a welcome sight, bringing a chance for a refreshed approach this week in Saskatoon.
“It was nice to have the off week and to settle back down and think about what happened in the first two weeks. I missed the cut in both events with good opening rounds, so that was definitely disappointing, but I didn’t feel like my game was very far off,” said Rottluff, echoing similar comments from Jenkins.
“It was nice to have an off week, especially coming straight from college and having three weeks in a row. It was nice to get home for a few days and see the family, see my coach and get a little work done,” said Jenkins.
One shot behind were Beal and Love, with Harare, Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent and Chilliwack, British Columbia’s Brad Clapp a shot further behind at 10-under.
Second Round Leaderboard (Bold denotes Canadian):
Max Rottluff – 67-65 (-12)
Carter Jenkins – 67-65 (-12)
James Love – 70-63 (-11)
Ross Beal – 68-65 (-11)
Scott Vincent – 69-65 (-10)
Brad Clapp – 66-68 (-10)
Max Rottluff is making his third career start on the Mackenzie Tour. The 23-year old recently graduated from Arizona State University, where he was named a 1st Team All-American in 2015.
Rottluff was a teammate for four years with Jon Rahm, the recently-named Ben Hogan Award winner and current leader at the PGA TOUR’s Quicken Loans National.
Rottluff earned conditional status with a T19 finish at the USA East No. 1 Q-School earlier this year.
Carter Jenkins is making his fourth career start on the Mackenzie Tour. The 20-year old turned professional after attending the University of North Carolina this year and has made the cut in each of his first three starts.
Jenkins earned status with a third place finish at the USA East No. 2 Q-School earlier this year.
James Love is making his 60th start on the Mackenzie Tour this week, playing on a sponsor exemption.
Love currently sits first among non-members on the Order of Merit through three events. The top three non-members following this week’s SIGA Dakota Dunes Open will earn conditional status for the remainder of the year.
Love owns one career win on the Mackenzie Tour at the 2009 Freedom 55 Financial Championship.
Second year Mackenzie Tour member Ross Beal is making his 14th career start on the Mackenzie Tour. In 2015, he finished T26 at Dakota Dunes.
“It’s a nice change of pace from the last three weeks. It lets us hit a few drivers out here and take a rip at it, which is really nice.” – Carter Jenkins on playing the 7,301 yard Dakota Dunes layout compared to three tight, tree-lined courses the first three weeks of the season in British Columbia.
“It’s a good week for the Sun Devils for sure. I wish him the best of luck. He’s been a great teammate, and just competing with him was awesome. He’s a great competitor, and he has a great game, but he just hates losing.” – Max Rottluff on Arizona State teammate Jon Rahm, who shares the 36-hole lead at the PGA TOUR’s Quicken Loans National.
“It’s tough not knowing where you’re going to play. You can’t really get on a roll. I was lucky enough to Monday Qualify in Kelowna, and thanks to Graham I got a spot this week. I think I’m in a good spot to maybe get in the re-shuffle, so it’s tough but it’s the position that I’m in, so you just have to roll with the punches.” – James Love on playing without status and the goal of moving up the re-shuffle after this week.