Matthews Leads Michigan Open After 36 Holes

ORCHARD LAKE — Andy Matthews of Ada remains in the lead after two rounds of the Michigan Open presented by Lincoln Mercury. The 30-year-old Canadian Tour player shot a 5-under-par 66 in the second round to take a 1-stroke lead over defending champion Ryan Brehm of Mt. Pleasant.

“It was good not to give any ground,” the former University of Michigan star said. “I never came close to making bogey and was more comfortable today than yesterday even though I made more putts yesterday.”

Lurking one shot behind is the long driving Brehm who won this event last year by eight strokes.

“We’ve all heard about his power, but I’m going to play the course and not pay attention to him,” Matthews said. Both players agree that the winner will have to play aggressively to win at the nearly 6,900-yard Orchard Lake Country Club layout.

“You are going to get completely waxed if you let your foot off the pedal,” Brehm said after matching 66s with Matthews. “Every shot really, really matters. It’s not like last year when I had a comfortable lead. That’s one thing I have learned playing on the Hooters Tour.”

Another mini tour player, Andy Ruthkowski of Muskegon is in third place, three shots off the lead after a 65. The best round of the day belonged to Korey Mahoney of Thompsonville. His 64 improved his position from 35th to tied for 4th.

First round co-leader, Erik Schleicher of Grosse Pointe Shores slipped to a tie for 7th, shooting level par 71.

The cut resembles a Tour event at 2-over-par 144. Seventy-four players made the cut including 21 amateurs. One of the unique playersi n the field is Ann Arbor Greenhills sophomore Henry Do, a student of PGA Professional Dave Kendal. Kendal currently leads Do by two shots.
 
One hundred and fifty-six golfers began play Monday vying for a purse of $70,000. The winner’s share is $10,000. Play will conclude at the end of Thursday’s fourth round. The event is open to the public. Hole-by-hole scores and results may be viewed on www.michigan.pga.com and www.michigan.org.

 

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