Matt Harmon is as hot as the weather.
The former All-American from Michigan State used a 10-under par 62 to grab the lead at the halfway point in the Buffalo Run Casino Classic.
Harmon, with a 36-hole total of 16-under 128, carried a five-shot lead into Saturday’s action.
Parker LaBarge of St. Louis had rounds of 65 and 68 for an 11-under 133.
Harmon, from Grand Rapids, Mich., was within an eyelash of tying Chris James’ Peoria Ridge Golf Course record, set in the third round of the 2005 tournament.
But a putt on No. 18 landed right over the bottom edge of the hole, Harmon said.
He had eight birdies and an eagle Friday, running his tournament total to 14 birdies, one eagle and no bogeys.
David Skinns of Lincoln, England, had a 62 during the final round of last year’s tournament.
“We'll just go try to birdie every hole and see what happens,” said Harmon, who was the player of the year in the Big Ten Conference in 2007.
“You try to hit as many good shots as you can hit and string them together,” he said. “If you get a couple good looks at a birdie, you better take advantage.”
Harmon, in his third full year on the NGA Hooters Tour, beat Blaine Peffley on the first playoff hole to win the Crystal Lake Open in April in Hampton, Ga.
That was his third career Hooters Tour victory.
He set the tone early by getting a birdie on his first hole, then eagled the par 4 No. 5 — nailing a wedge shot from about 105 yards.
Harmon added birdies on the seventh and ninth holes, allowing him to make the turn at 5-under 31.
He added birdies on 10, 12 14, 15 and 17 for another 5-under for his personal-best score on the tour.
“I’ve shot 61 a couple of times but that was back at home playing with the buddies,” Harmon said.