Media Release: July 17, 2015

Second Round Leaderboard – (Bold denotes Canadian)

T1. Michael Gligic 67 (-13)
T2. Corey Conners 65 (-12)
T2. Clayton Rask 67 (-12)
T4. Mike Van Sickle 65 (-11)
T4. Matt Marshall 69 (-11)

GLIGIC TAKES LEAD AT STAAL FOUNDATION OPEN PRESENTED BY TBAYTEL

(July 17, 2015 – Thunder Bay, Ont.) – Burlington, Ontario’s Michael Gligic shot a 5-under 67 on Friday at Whitewater Golf Club to take the 36-hole lead at the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel, the sixth event of the 2015 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada season.

The 25-year old was bogey-free on Friday, reaching 13-under par and leading by one over Listowel, Ontario’s Corey Conners and Ostego, Minnesota’s Clayton Rask with two rounds in the books in Thunder Bay.

“I think I'm 13-under and I've made 15 birdies in two days, which isn't something you do a lot, so the game is feeling pretty good and I'm rolling the ball well,” said Gligic, who owns one Mackenzie Tour win at the 2012 ATB Financial Classic and finished 11th on the Order of Merit last year. With two rounds to go, however, the Tour veteran wasn’t getting ahead of himself after his solid second round.

“Like I said yesterday it's a long tournament and a marathon, not a sprint. We're only halfway done and there's a long way to go,” said Gligic.

Rask, who leads the field with 17 birdies through two rounds, carded seven birdies on day two to offset two bogeys, while Conners moved up the leaderboard with birdies on his final two holes to sit one off the lead. The 23-year old, who finished runner-up at the U.S. Amateur last year and played in the 2015 Masters Tournament, is without status on the Mackenzie Tour, but can change that with a solid finish this week.

The top three non-members on the Order of Merit after this week will earn conditional status for the remainder of the season, with Conners currently sitting fourth in a tie for 56th overall on the season-long money list. Adam Svensson and Christopher Trunzer, who occupy the top two spots, aren’t playing this week, and Conners can pass No. 3 Justin Shin, who missed the cut, with a solo 20th place finish or better.

“Having status would be pretty nice. I'm not even sure what I need to do to get that, but I'm just going to try and play well and see what happens,” said Conners.

Two shots back of Gligic at 11-under were Matt Marshall and Mike Van Sickle. Sweden’s Krister Eriksson set the new course record at Whitewater Golf Club with a 10-under 62 and was four back at 9-under through 36 holes.


NUMBERS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

-2: Order of Merit leader Drew Weaver’s 36-hole score, causing him to miss the cut for the first time this season.

4: Players to make the cut in every event this season (J.J. Spaun, Sam Ryder, Clark Klaasen, Mackenzie Hughes).

22: Players to shoot in the 60s both Thursday and Friday.

 

QUOTABLES:

“I felt like it was a little hectic when I first started, but I've learned a lot over the past few months and I'm starting to feel really comfortable. I've really enjoyed playing a bunch of events out here on the Mackenzie Tour and kind of getting into a good rhythm and getting comfortable with pro golf.” – Corey Conners on adjusting to life as a professional golfer.

“Today was good. It was good from hole number one for me. I started rolling in some putts. I played really good yesterday too and hit the ball really well, but today they dropped.” – Krister Eriksson on going from a 1-over 73 in round one to a 10-under 62 in round two.

“I'm rolling it pretty well, and tee-to-green I'm pretty much getting a wedge in my hand most of my time. I had a lot of burned edges again today. It's been close, and when it happens it's gonna be fun.” – Clayton Rask on being close to putting all the parts of his game together for
one round.

 

Notes:

  • Weather: 26 degrees (32 degrees with Humidex). Partly cloudy. Winds 17 km/h.
  • Preferred lies in closely mown areas were in effect for round two.
  • Krister Eriksson’s 10-under 62 is the lowest round to par on the Mackenzie Tour this season, and ties the lowest total score of the year, matching three other players.
  • 73 players made the 36-hole cut at 3-under par.
  • With Order of Merit leader Drew Weaver missing the cut, five possibilities exist for players to pass him for the Order of Merit lead:
    1. If any player 19th or better on the current Order of Merit wins.
    2. If any player 8th or better on the current Order of Merit finishes solo second.
    3. If J.J. Spaun (T6) finishes solo 7th or better.
    4. If Albin Choi (T11) finishes in a two-way tie for 5th or better.
    5. If C.T. Pan (T60) finishes solo 3rd or better.
  • The top three players on the Order of Merit after this week will earn exemptions into the RBC Canadian Open. The top five after round two:
Player Order of Merit Position Earnings Leaderboard Position
Drew Weaver 1 $44,450 MC
J.J. Spaun 2 $38,763 -10/T6
Albin Choi 3 $37,857 -9/T11
Kevin Spooner 4 $36,575 MC
C.T. Pan 5 $32,729 -3/T60
  • The top three non-members on the Order of Merit after this week will earn conditional status for the remainder of this season. Below are the top five:
Player Order of Merit Position Earnings Leaderboard Position
Adam Svensson 7 $24,617 DNP
Christopher Trunzer 34 $7,438 DNP
Justin Shin 38 $6,729 MC
Corey Conners T56 $4,450 -12/T2
Bryn Parry T79 $2,538 DNP
  • NHL alumni in the field: Marc Savard withdrew with an elbow injury; Grant Fuhr shot rounds of 83-84.
  • Click here for online scores.


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