Summerhays, five others share lead at Sanderson Farms Championship
Madison, MS (Sports Network) - Daniel Summerhays was 1-under through eight holes on Friday to maintain a share of the lead at the Sanderson Farms Championship before play was suspended due to darkness.
Play was delayed for over two hours earlier in the day for dangerous weather in the area. It was the second straight day play had to be stopped due to weather, as the first round had to be completed Friday morning after play on Thursday was halted because of rain.
Summerhays was able to complete his first round with a 9-under 63 on Thursday to claim the overnight lead and that held up when the first round concluded on Friday.
Fabian Gomez fired an 8-under 64 during his second round at Annandale Golf Club to share the clubhouse lead with Vaughn Taylor (67), Troy Matteson (67), Paul Stankowski (68) and Kyle Reifers (69) at 10-under-par 134.
"Well, it was long," Stankowski said. "And it was hot. But it was a good day."
Chris Riley and Steven Bowditch shot matching 4-under 68s to sit in tie for seventh place with Jim Herman and Brad Fritsch, who each posted 69s, at 9- under.
Skip Kendall, Will Claxton and Michael Bradley all sit two strokes off the pace at 8-under and will need to finish their second rounds when play resumes at 8:00 a.m. ET Saturday.
Taylor was the first of the co-leaders to start his second round and followed an opening par at the 10th with back-to-back birdies at the 11th and 12th. He added another gain at the 15th to reach 8-under for the tournament.
After parring his next seven holes, Taylor posted birdies at the fifth and seventh to move to 10-under and closed out his bogey-free round with a pair of pars to head into the clubhouse with the lead.
Stankowski also started on the back nine and opened with a par that was followed by consecutive birdies at the 12th and 13th.
He added another set of gains at the 17th and 18th to make the turn at 10- under. Stankowski tripped to a bogey at the fourth, but bounced right back with a birdie at the fifth and parred his final four holes to meet Taylor atop the leaderboard.
"I watch a lot of golf and everybody who plays well makes putts and I haven't really made any putts -- for 10 years," said Stankowski, who is appearing in his first PGA Tour event of the season and has missed five of eight cuts in the Web.com Tour this year. "So it's kind of nice to make some putts and join the party. That was good."
Gomez, meanwhile, raced through an outward 32 that included gains at Nos. 2, 3, 7 and 9 to make the turn at 6-under.
The Argentine opened his inward nine with five straight pars before posting birdies at the 15th and 17th. He then closed with a lengthy eagle putt at the 18th to jump into a share of the lead.
Matteson's round included a scorching start that consisted of five birdies over his first six holes, moving him to 10-under.
He fell off the pace with a bogey at the eighth, but a birdie at the 11th moved him back to minus-10 and he parred his final seven holes to stay there.
Reifers was the last of the co-leaders to take the course and parred his first nine holes before recording birdies at the first and third.
After parring his next five holes, he closed with a birdie at the last to make it a five-way tie for the lead before play was suspended for darkness.
NOTES: Fifty-nine players will need to finish their second rounds on Saturday ... The lift, clean and place rule was in effect for the second round ... The cut line currently sits at 3-under-par 141 ... In 2009, this tournament was canceled after heavy rain drenched the course for five consecutive days.
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