Claxton leads at Crystal Lake Open

By Doug Gorman


Day two is in the books at the NGA/Hooters Crystal Lake Open, and a Georgia golfer sits on top of the leaderboard.

Swainsboro-born Will Claxton finished his second round with four birdies, shooting a -4 under par. After finishing with a 6-under par 66 Thursday, he goes into the weekend at 10-under par to lead event.

The Auburn graduate's only hiccup during Friday's second round came when he bogeyed the par 4, No. 4.

He continued to play steady golf on the back nine, and ended the round with birdies on No. 17 and 18.

Four other players are in second place and just one stroke back at 9-under par, including first-round leader Rhein Gibson.

Gibson, who led after Thursday's round thanks to a 65, fired a -2-under par 70 in the second round. Gibson had a bogey on the par 4 seventh hole, and a bogey on the par 10th hole.

His round of golf also featured four birdies.

Canadian Yohann Benson made one of the biggest leaps after the first round. He started Friday's action tied for 43 after shooting a 2-under par score on Thursday, but made up ground with five birdies on the front nine and one on the 18th hole.

He also had an eagle on the par-4, 13th.

Trent Leon, and Kevin Hall are also 9-under par.

Leon had an amazing 13 birdies and Hall finished with 11 birdies.

The field was cut to the top 70 players and ties for the final two rounds.

Admission to the event is free.

The four-round professional golf tournament is being held at the Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club in Hampton for the first time ever.

Full details from the tournament are available at www.hooterstour.com.