Todd Bailey was happier with the fact that the United States salvaged a 2-2 tie with Slovenia in the World Cup than he was with his Friday round in the Buffalo Run Casino Classic.
The first-round leader, from Spanish Fort, Ala., slipped into a five-way tie for fifth after posting a 71.
“I just didn’t make any putts,” said Bailey, who donned a Clint Dempsey-replica jersey following his round. “Yesterday (during a 64), I hit it close a lot of times. Today, I didn’t hit hit close very much and didn’t make anything.
“I had a couple of putts that didn’t go in and didn’t play the par-5s very well.”
His round at Peoria Ridge Golf Course consisted of only three birdies (he had seven on Thursday) and two bogeys.
As far as the soccer match went, “I wasn’t too happy about the 2-0 first half, but they came back.”
The Americans trailed 2-0 at the break but got goals from Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley to forge their second straight tie.
A pair of former SEC standouts were in third place following Friday’s play.
Former Ole Miss standout Kyle Ellis (a former Mississippi Amateur champ) and Scott Feaster of South Carolina (an all-SEC pick) have turned in back-to-back 5-under 67s for 134 totals.
Shawn Stefani of Baytown, Texas, made the biggest move up the leaderboard on moving day.
He went from a tie for 70th to a tie for fifth at 135 thanks to an 8-under 64.
“I played OK yesterday (Thursday) … just didn’t make very many putts,” he said. “Today, those putts wound up going in.”
His round included eight birdies and no bogeys.
“I had to make a few lengthy putts from 5 to 10 feet to keep the round going, but it was good,” Steffani said. “I drove it pretty well. I had one bad tee shot on No. 16 but two-putted for par.”
This was the third time in four years Stefani has played at Peoria Ridge.
And its his second 64, logging that one in the final round of the 2007 BRCC.
Last year at this time, he was playing in the U.S. Open.
“We’re past the cut line, so now we’re going to shoot as low as we can the next two days,” Stefani quipped.
Another player who made a big move Friday was Kevin Messer of Missouri City, Texas.
A 64 on Friday moved him from a tie for 123rd to a 12-way tie for 46th.
“I didn’t do very well yesterday,” Messer said. I putted terrible and had some bad breaks. I worked on the putting a little and changed putters. I pretty much made everything today.”
He had eight birdies, including five on his first nine holes (starting from No.10).
Thursday, he had only three birdies but endured five bogeys and one double bogey (the par-5 No. 8).
“I’ve been hitting ball well both days but just really putted very poorly yesterday,” said Messer, who played at Texas State University. “I had to make a change and it worked out for the best.”
A pair of bogey-free rounds have helped keep Parker LaBarge of St. Louis near the top of the leaderboard.
He held down second place after posting a 68 on Friday. That gave him a 36-hole total of 11-under par 133.
“I have had a bogey-free two rounds, so that helps out,” the former second-team all-Conference USA player from Rice said. “I know the scores out here will be low, so I have to concentrate.”
He finished second in the BRCC in 2008, finishing three strokes off the record-setting pace of Jeff Corr.
Miamian Jerry Friend and Kasey Threet of Grove, both competing as amateurs, missed the Friday cut.
Friend struggled during Thursday’s first round, shooting an 82. He shaved six strokes off his score on Friday and finished with a 158.
Threet had identical rounds of 74, giving him a 148 total.
Also missing the cut was Kenneth Cole Jr. of Afton.
He shot 76-77-153.
Bruno Buccolo of Oklahoma City and Tulsans Ryan Brooks and Patrick Churchwell also missed the cut, which was 3-under 141.