Pro golf: Ironbridge pro tied for 6th after 2nd day in Florida
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. — Carbondale’s Doug Rohrbaugh fell off the lead at the 2014 Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament on Wednesday, shooting a 2-over 74 to fall into a tie for sixth place.
Rohrbaugh finished the first day of the tournament at 3-under 69, and his bogey free round was good enough to put him in a four-way tie for first place in the 78-golfer tournament. None of the first-day leaders remained atop the leaderboard, as Cesar Monasteiro of Buenos Aires fired a 6-under 66 to finish with a two-day score of 7-under 137. It netted him a two-stroke lead over Frank Esposito of Monroe, New Jersey.
Chien Soon Lu and Rod Spittle, who shared the first-round lead with Rohrbaugh, each shot 1-over-par 73s. Another co-leader, Jeff Costen, joined Rohrbaugh in shooting 2-over on the second day.
Rohrbaugh followed his bogey free round on Tuesday with two bogies and a double-bogey, with the double coming on the par-4 fifth hole. The Ironbridge Golf Club head pro, however, netted birdies on the ninth and 14th holes to finish at 1-under for the first two days.
Play continues with third-round action today, with the final round going on Friday. Rohrbaugh is in a six-way tie for sixth place and is still just five strokes off the lead. A top-five finish in the tournament earns a golfer fully exempt status on the 2015 Champions Tour.
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