Eason remains 1 shot ahead in Ottawa
Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Greg Eason fired a 5-under 66 on Friday and he maintained his 1-shot lead heading into the weekend at the Forces and Families Open.
Eason, who entered the day with a 1-stroke lead following his first-round 63, is at 13-under 129 through 36 holes. He is narrowly ahead of a surging Eugene Wong, who carded a course-record, 10-under 61 at Hylands Golf Club. Wong sits at 12-under 130.
Eason is looking for his first victory on the PGA Tour Canada, while Wong is going for his third since winning the Canadian Tour Championship and The Great Waterway Classic in 2012.
Jeff Dennis also had a strong day, finishing with a 7-under 64 and he is alone in third place at 10-under 132, three shots back of Eason.
David Byrne (65), Daniel McCarthy (67), Ryan Brehm (67) and Travis Ross (69) are all deadlocked in fourth place at minus-9, while Jamison Sindelar (63), Seann Harlingten (65), Order of Merit leader Joel Dahmen (66) and Paul Ferrier (69) are tied for eighth at 8-under 134.
Eason started his round on the back nine and carded back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13 to move to 2-under on the day. He ended his first nine with five straight birdies.
Three straight birdies from No. 1 had Eason rolling, but he gave two of those back with bogeys at four and six, with a par sandwiched in between. Gains at seven and nine had Eason alone atop the leaderboard once again as Wong had briefly tied the lead.
Wong started things off with a par at No. 10, his first, and then he started to get going in a hurry. Following a birdie and a par at 11 and 12, respectively, Wong made an eagle on the par-5 13th to move to minus-3 on the day. He poured in back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15 before rounding out his first nine with three straight pars.
Another string of back-to-back birdies at one and two preceded three straight pars from No. 3. Wong got back on the birdie train with a gain at six, eight and nine to take the clubhouse lead at 12-under and secure the course record.
NOTES: Wong's best finish this season came at the PC Financial Open, where he ended tied for second. Before today, his best round of the year was a 66 in the first round of that event ... Stephane Dubois (70) drained his second shot for an albatross at the par-5 eighth hole on Friday. He is at 5-under and tied for 26th ... With the cut at 2-under 140, 73 players advanced to the weekend.
08/08 19:20:45 ET