Rohrbaugh falls six strokes behind leader at Champions Tour qualifier |

Rohrbaugh falls six strokes behind leader at Champions Tour qualifier

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. — Ironbridge Golf Club head professional Doug Rohrbaugh fell further back on the leaderboard following a 2-over 74 on Thursday, putting him in a tie for 17th place at the 2014 Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at Orange County National.

Rohrbaugh, who finished Wednesday’s first round in a four-way tie for first place in the 78-golfer field, went 2-over for the second consecutive day following a 3-under 69 during his first round. He’s tied with six other golfers for 17th place and was scheduled to tee off for his final round at 7:05 a.m. today.

Taking the lead after 54 holes was Frank Esposito, who had eight birdies to make up for a double-bogey on the par-4 ninth hole to finish at 5-under for the day and 10-under for the tournament, giving him a three-stroke lead over the Day 2 leader, Cesar Monasterio.

Rohrbaugh, of Carbondale, recovered from a first-hole bogey with a pair of birdies on Nos. 2 and 3. The two-time U.S. Senior Open qualifier, however, shot 3-over on the next 14 holes.

Rohrbaugh will have to play catchup to reach conditionally exempt status on the PGA’s Champions Tour, and that status will be given to the finishers six through 12. The top five finishers earn fully exempt status, meaning they can play in any Champions Tour event in 2015. Top 30 finishers and ties will be eligible to compete for spots in open qualifiers at all co-sponsored events on the Champions Tour.

At 1-over, Rohrbaugh is six strokes off the leader Esposito and just two strokes behind Grant Waite and Chien Soon Lu, who are tied for 10th at 1-under 215.

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