Panama City, Panama (SportsNetwork.com) - Aron Price posted a 2-under 68 in the second round Friday and remained atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the Panama Claro Championship.
Price was joined at 6-under-par 134 by Scott Parel, who carded a 4-under 66 on Friday. Both players have won once on the Web.com Tour.
Mark Hubbard fired a 7-under 63 for the low round of the day. He soared into a share of third place at minus-5. He stands alongside last week's winner Jon Curran (68), Jonathan Randolph (66), Bhavik Patel (65) and Max Homa (66).
Andrew Svoboda (64) is one of five players tied for eighth at 4-under 136.
Price, who won the 2008 Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship, played the back nine first on Friday and traded a birdie for a bogey from the 11th. He came back with a birdie on the 17th Club de Golf de Panama to move to 5-under.
The Australian birdied the first and fourth. He got to minus-8 with a birdie on the par-4 seventh. However, Price knocked his approach over the green and out of bounds on the par-4 ninth.
That led to a closing double-bogey, which dropped him back to minus-6 and a share of the lead.
"I got a little frustrated with myself. I got a huge flier. I had 196 yards to the pin and it hit the back edge of the green and just bounced over," Price explained. "I hit a provisional with an 8-iron and that rolled over the back of the green too."
Parel, who won last year's Air Capital Classic, stumbled to a bogey on the par-4 second. He quickly bounced back with three birdies in a 4-hole span from the third.
After a par on seven, Parel birdied the eighth to move to 5-under. He ran off eight consecutive pars from the ninth. That run ended when Parel birdied the 17th to gain a share of the lead.
"I didn't hit it that great, but I really putted well today," said Parel. "You know in your head which holes you have to try and get regardless of the conditions and the ones you want to make sure you make par on."
NOTES: Price and Parel both have a piece of the 36-hole lead for the first time in their careers ... Casey Clendenon and Mike Norman both withdrew during the round ... Jake Younan also withdrew during the round, but failed to tell officials so he was disqualified from the tournament ... The cut line fell at 2-over-par 142 with 76 players moving on to the weekend ... Mathew Goggin, Peter Lonard, Todd Hamilton Nick O'Hern and Roger Tambellini were among those that missed the cut.