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September 11, 2013

Lewis opens up two-stroke lead at Sunnehanna

Sam Lewis of Montrose carded a 4-over 74 on Tuesday to take a two-shot lead through two rounds of the 2013 Sunnehanna Senior Invitational.

On a day when the low score for the field was even-par 70, Lewis’ 36-hole total of 2-over 142 is a testiment to how quickly Sunnehanna’s difficulty rises when its fast greens are combined with even moderate wind conditions.

After opening with a bogey, Lewis rallied with a birdie at the par-3 third hole before stumbling withthree consecutive bogeys at Nos. 5, 6, and 7. The attorney added another bogey at the par-5 ninth to make the turn at 2-over for the tournament. Lewis rallied with an even par back-nine, which included birdies at the par-3 10th hole and the par-4 17th.

Bob Kain of Cleveland and John Rodney of Pittsburgh are tied for second at 4-over 144.

Kain, former president and CEO of sports management company IMG, posted the low round of the day with an even-par 70.

Kain, who was also a past vice-chairman of the Cleveland Browns, was 1-under for the day after dropping a birdie at No. 17 before finishing with a bogey at the short par-4 finishing hole.

Rodney, the 2011 Pennsylvania senior amateur champion, could only manage a single birdie on the day at the par-4 fourth hole but methodically reeled off 13 pars en route to a 74.

Paul Schlachter, the third-ranked senior in the country, sits alone in fourth position after carding a 74.

First round leader Don Erickson III ballooned to a 79 on Tuesday to fall into a tie for 5th at 146.

Local players Dennis Brady and David Lucks also struggled, as both competitors carded 78 to fall into a four-way tie for 18th at 10-over 150.

In the super-senior competition, the nation’s top-ranked Ted Smith of Wilkinson, Ind. holds a comfortable five-shot lead despite struggling to a 5-over 75, which included a triple-bogey at the uphill dogleg second hole.

Smith’s 36-hole total is 4-over 144.

Johnstown’s Ross VanWagenen maintains a piece of second place despite shooting a 78 on Tuesday for a 149 total.

VanWagenen failed to record a single birdie in his round that included six bogeys and a double-bogey at the downhill par-3 seventh hole.

Tied with VanWagenen is Johnny Blank of Frostburg, Md., who also endured a triple-bogey at the 2nd but registered three birdies at Nos. 9, 11 and 16 en route to a 5-over 75.


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