Thursday Sept. 24, 2009
Charlotte, NC – eGolf Tour leading money winner Scott Brown of North Augusta, SC has set the bar fairly high for himself and others in 2009. With two wins and just over $109,000 in earnings, Brown has established himself as the player to beat week in and week out on tour. In fact, you can even hear it at the scoring table.
"Scott Brown is leading again? Wow, that’s a surprise.”
“Who shot 63? Let me guess – Scott Brown?”
The second player at the scoring table didn’t realize how accurate his guess was. After opening the Cabarrus Classic with a 5-under 67 on Wednesday, Brown torched host Charlotte National Golf Club on Thursday with an 8-under 63 to seize the 36-hole lead with just 18 holes to play.
Trailing overnight leader Brian Anderson by three shots at the start of the day, Brown began his second round on the opening nine at Charlotte National with four birdies in a row. An added birdie at the downhill par-4 eighth took him to 5-under on his round and turning at 5-under 30.
“I hit it to 15 feet on No. 1 and made it, then got up and down for birdie on No. 2. It just seemed like I was making everything early on,” said Brown, who followed up his birdie on No. 2 with a 30-footer for birdie on the par-3 third.
On the closing nine, Brown managed birdies at 11, 13 and 17 to close with a 3-under 33 and close his 36-hole total at 13-under 130.
Brown, a former Division II star at USC-Aiken, is often recognized as one of the best ball strikers on tour. For the most part, the key to his low rounds – and there are plenty – is putting. On Thursday, that seemed to be the least of his worries.
“I knew I was rolling it good, and that takes all the pressure off my ball striking,” said Brown. “A fast start helps everything because you don’t have to press. You can just play golf and let it happen.”
Brown’s 13-under total gives him a one-shot cushion over Anderson heading into Friday’s final round.
Anderson, who hails from Jupiter, FL, backed up a first-round 64 at co-host Cabarrus Country Club with a 4-under 67 at Charlotte National on Thursday. The long-hitting former Illinois State golfer will be eyeing the first win of his tour career. His best finish thus far in 2009 is a T6 at the Snap Fitness Open in April.
Lee Williams of Alexander City, AL and Kevin Kisner of Aiken, SC sit tied for third at 11-under 132, two shots behind Brown.
Williams, a former Auburn University standout who went 3-1 as a Walker Cup hero in 2005 for the victorious United States team, carded rounds of 65-67—132 and is looking to make good on his amateur promise with what is hopefully the first win of his eGolf Tour career. In 16 starts this year, Williams has only two top-10 finishes.
Kisner used a second-round 64 at Cabarrus to arrive at 11-under and earn his spot in contention. The former Georgia Bulldog is a two-time past champion on tour, having last won at the 2008 Bermuda Run Open.