Stadler increases lead in Colorado Open |

Stadler increases lead in Colorado Open

Associated Press

Stadler, who carded a 65 for a 2-stroke lead in Thursday’s first round of the $125,000 tournament, backed that up with a 3-under-par 68 in Friday’s second round. It gave him a 4-shot advantage heading into the weekend on the par-71, 7,059-yard mountain course.

Larry Collins, head professional at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, was second at 137 after a second-round 70.

Scott Petersen, the 2000 Colorado Open champion who also won the Inland Empire Open on the Tour in 2000, had a second-round 70 for a 36-hole total of 138, while New Mexico pro Brian Kortan had a second straight 69 to also finish at 138.

Perry Holmes, the head teaching professional at Coal Creek Golf Club in Louisville, was at 139 after a second-round 69. California professional Travis Williams had a second-round 71 for 140.

Stadler took control with two days of what he called solid ball striking.

“”I probably hit the ball better today than I did yesterday,” said the former University of Southern California star, who announced Thursday that he was leaving the ranks of amateur golf. “”I had a chance to go a lot lower, but I missed a couple of short putts. I three-putted 11, and missed 8-footers on both 15 and 18.”

Stadler, with his father serving as his caddie, started his second round on the back nine of the Sonnenalp Golf Course and was even-par through his first nine holes.

He recorded three birdies on the first six holes of his second nine before giving a shot back at the par-4 eighth. He ended his round with a birdie on the par-4 ninth.

“”Tee to green I’m very happy with the way I played,” he said. “”I just needed to make some of those putts that I missed today.”

When asked if he felt any pressure playing in his first professional event, he shook his head no.

“”It might feel different if it was any tournament other than this one,” he said. “”I played in the Colorado Open as an amateur before, so it doesn’t feel like a new experience.”

Collins, 46, who was Craig Stadler’s roommate when they played at Southern California in the mid 1970s, also missed some birdie opportunities from short range.

“”I just didn’t have as much control of the ball as I did in the first round,” he said. “”It was just one of those ho-hum rounds where nothing much happened.”

Petersen had it to 7-under for the tournament with four holes left in his second round, but his second shot to the par-4 15th found the lake guarding the left side of the green.

“”I hit my tee shot into the rough and just pulled my second shot,” he said. “”That’s the second straight day that I’ve made a double bogey late in the round. Take away those two holes and I’m tied for the lead.”

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