10/19/07 — Scott holds one-shot lead

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Scott holds one-shot lead

Published in Sports on October 19, 2007 1:48 PM

Richard Scott shot a second-round 70 and holds a tenuous one-shot lead over Bruce McDonald heading into today's final round of the Tarheel Tour Championship at Walnut Creek Country Club.

Three players are tied at nine-under par 135, including 2007 Bermuda Run Open champion Scott Brown. The North Augusta, S.C., native scored a mediocre 70 during the opening round on Wednesday, but stormed back with a second-round 7-under par 65.

A three-time national champion at USC Aiken, Brown is also seeking redemption at WCCC. During the Classic contested in June, he led for most of the tournament before a few late bogeys and a missed 8-foot birdie putt left one shot shy of Jay McLuen's 12-under par 202.

Tied with Brown at 9-under is Auburn alumnus Bryant MacKeller. The Fairhope, Ala., native played in the more difficult morning wave and rode the momentum he gathered with his strong first round finish to a bogey-free 69.

Jeff Curl, the 2006 Stonebridge Open champion, continued his strong play of late carding a six-birdie, one bogey round of 67. Curl is looking to improve on last week's runner-up finish at the Salisbury Classic. A strong final round should assure the former UNC Charlotte standout of his seventh top-10 finish in his last eight events.

Andy Bare, playing in the same group as Brown, matched Brown's 65 shot for shot. The Jacksonville, Fla., native made eight birdies and an eagle in his second round, but bogeys on three of the four par-3s forced him to settle for a tie with Brown for medalist honors Wednesday. Bare enters the final round with a 6-under par total and is looking to notch his ninth top-six finish of the season.

Goldsboro native Andy Crain survived the second-day cut and is among a pack of golfers tied at 3-under par 141 after 36 holes. Nearly 50 golfers will compete today for first-place prize money of $16,000 and share of an overall purse of $102,700.

The event is free and open to the public.

Courtesy Tarheel Tour.com