Nationwide Tour

Reifers grabs Louisiana Open lead

Broussard, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Reifers posted a 5-under 66 on Saturday and that helped him grab a 1-stroke lead after 54 holes of the Louisiana Open.

Reifers, the 2006 Chattanooga Classic winner, finished three rounds at 12- under-par 201.

Brett Stegmaier and Blayne Barber, who both fired 6-under 65s on Saturday, climbed into a share of second place at minus-11 at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club.

Fabian Gomez (69), Justin Thomas (68), Steve Saunders (65), Andres Echavarria (69) and Sebastian Vazquez (69) are tied for fourth place at 10-under 203.

Second-round leader Jonathan Randolph struggled to a 2-over 73 and dropped into a share of ninth place at minus-9.

Several players got to 11-under par, but Reifers was the first and only one to reach minus-12.

Reifers dropped in back-to-back birdie efforts at one and two to move to minus-9, where he was two behind the leaders. He moved one closer with a birdie on the par-5 fifth.

The 30-year-old ran off six consecutive pars from the sixth. Reifers birdied the par-5 12th to gain a share of the lead at 11-under. After three more pars, Reifers moved in front with a birdie on the par-3 16th. He parred the last three to end there.

"I had a pretty good feel for what was going on out there. I didn't think anybody was going to run away from me, so I was just plotting a way to give myself birdie looks and see where it takes you," said Reifers, who teed off an hour ahead of the leaders. "I made a lot of nice 5- to 6-footers and a couple of 3-footers with crosswinds that normally aren't that big of a deal, but were a little bit tougher with the wind today. All in all, just a pretty solid round. I like the way I'm rolling it."

Barber made eagle on the first and came back with birdies at three and five to move to 9-under. After seven pars in a row, he birdied the 13th. Barber closed his round with a birdie at the last to end at 11-under.

Stegmaier parred six of the first seven to go along with a birdie on the fifth. He carded a hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth to move to minus-8. He birdied the 11th and 13th, then parred for in a row. Stegmaier closed with a birdie at the last to share second.

NOTES: Reifers tied for second here in 2010 ... His first tour win came in his first tour start in 2006 ... Overall, there are 27 players within five strokes off the lead.

03/29 20:30:54 ET


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