Clayton Rask takes clubhouse lead at Killearn

Rain halts play on Saturday

Tallahassee, Fla. – February 23, 2013 – For the second day in a row rain halted the NGA TOUR’s Killearn Country Club Classic, but this time there was a new name atop the leaderboard when rain forced the suspension of play on Saturday.

Clayton Rask

After sitting at 5-under par through 12 holes in his second round on Friday, Clayton Rask of Otsego, Minn., added three more birdies and no bogeys on Saturday en route to an 8-under 64 and the clubhouse lead.

 

“I just tried to stay in the same routine,” said Rask, a former Minnesota Golden Gopher. “[In the first round], I didn’t hit it as well, so when I got done I went to the range and worked it out.”

 

Rask, who posted a first-round 67, is 13-under par through two rounds and three shots ahead of Zack Fischer.

 

Fischer, a University of Texas at Arlington alumnus from Wake Village, Texas, also carded an 8-under 64 in the second round. In his first NGA TOUR start, Fischer was 10-under par and in second place when play was halted.

 

Chris Erwin, Marc-Etienne Bussieres and Blayne Barber also completed their second rounds and finished the day tied for third. Erwin, a Valdosta State alumnus, posted a 5-under 67, while Bussieres and Barber, who finished T42 in the PGA TOUR’s Northern Trust Open this season, carded 3-under 69s in the second round. All three are 9-under par after two rounds.

 

Rick Cockran III, a former Middle Tennessee State standout, is solo sixth at 8-under par after posting back-to-back 68s. Adam Hogue (67), Stuart Anderson (66) and David Skinns (67) finished the day tied for seventh at 7-under par.

 

First-round co-leader Trent Whitekiller was still on the course when play was suspended on Saturday, but his 7-under 65 in the first round kept the Oklahoma State alumnus seventh on the leaderboard.

 

The second round of play in the 2013 Killearn Country Club Classis is scheduled to restart at 7:30 a.m. and the third round will start at approximately 10:45 a.m. The tournament will be shortened to a 54-hole event. As always, admission is free to the public.

 

The NGA Pro Golf Tour is the No. 3 Men’s Professional Golf Tour in the United States after the PGA and Web.com Tours and is the No. 1 recommended developmental tour by more PGA and Web.com Tour Professionals.

 

The NGA has helped hundreds of professionals acquire their PGA TOUR, Euro, Web.com, and Champions Tour cards. In fact, NGA alumni have won an incredible Fifteen (15) “Major” Championships.

 

NGA alumni include: 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson; 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley; 2010 PGA TOUR Player of the Year and 2003 US Open Champion Jim Furyk; 2009 British Open Champion Stewart Cink; 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover; 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson; 2003 PGA Champion Shaun Micheel; 2003 British Open Champion Ben Curtis; two-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen; British Open and PGA Champion John Daly; British Open Champion Tom Lehman; PGA Champion David Toms; 2003 Tour Championship Winner Chad Campbell; 2010 NGA Player of the Year Michael Thompson; 2012 PGA TOUR winners Mark Wilson, George McNeill, Ted Potter Jr., Scott Stallings and Scott Piercy.

 

The NGA Pro Golf Tour, established in 1988, predates the Web.com Tour as the longest running developmental tour in golf. In 2012, the NGA TOUR became the “Official Partner of the 2012 Reno-Tahoe Open” and secured one PGA TOUR and six Web.com Tour event exemptions for its members, the most in developmental golf.

 

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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