Witcher leading by 4 shots at eGolf Tour's Oldfield Open

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Witcher leading by 4 shots at eGolf Tour's Oldfield Open

From staff reports
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Published Friday, February 22, 2013   |  1121 Words  |  

With a daunting weekend forecast for the Lowcountry, Brent Witcher entered the second round of the eGolf Tour's Oldfield Open knowing it would be good to put some distance between himself and the field.

After taking the first-round lead with a 66, Witcher posted a 67 on Thursday to reach 11-under par at the event's halfway point, four shots clear of the field with two potentially rain-soaked rounds to play.

Thunderstorms are forecast for the area over the next two days as the tournament shifts to the Greg Norman-designed Oldfield Country Club for the last two rounds.

Witcher, a member of the Web.com Tour last year, had some first-round trouble on the lightning-fast greens at Callawassie Island but rebounded with his putter Thursday at Oldfield.

Birdies on Nos. 2 and 4 quickly took the former Valdosta State star to 8 under for the week, and gave him a two-shot lead. His hot start, however, gave way to six-hole stretch of pars that coincided with a suddenly-lukewarm putter.

"It was a good day. I started off making a lot of putts and hitting it pretty decent, then I began to hit it good and I stopped making everything," Witcher said.

Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 11 and 12 revitalized his round, while birdies at 15 and 18 helped to offset a bogey at the par-3 16th, leaving him at 5 under on the day.

Olafur Loftsson of Iceland is alone in second place, four shots back at 68-69--137.

Former eGolf Tour winners Stephen Poole Jr., a former Clemson golfer, Ryan Nelson of Charleston and Jack Fields of Southern Pines, N.C., are tied for third at 6-under 138, five shots behind the leader.

The Oldfield Open is the second of 24 events on the 2013 eGolf Tour schedule.

eGolf Tour Oldfield Open Scores

Oldfield Country Club (OC)

Callawassie Island Club-Dogwood/Magnolia (CI)

Second Round

1 Brent Witcher [OC] 66-67--133

2 Olafur Loftsson [CI] 68-69--137

T3 Stephen Poole [OC] 69-69--138

T3 Ryan Nelson [OC] 68-70--138

T3 Jack Fields [OC] 69-69--138

T6 Harold Varner [CI] 68-71--139

T6 Chris Epperson [CI] 71-68 --139

T8 John-Tyler Griffin [OC] 70-70 --140

T8 Conrad Shindler [CI] 72-68 --140

T8 Bryan Pierce [CI] 69-71 --140

T8 Cam Burke [CI] 67-73 --140

T8 Garland Green [CI] 71-69 --140

T13 David May [OC] 71-70 --141

T13 Tommy Biershenk [CI] 70-71 --141

T13 Birgir Hafthorsson [CI] 68-73 --141

T13 Taylor Floyd [CI] 72-69 --141

T13 David Robinson [CI] 73-68 --141

T13 Jonathan Cox [CI] 69-72 --141

T13 Jesse Smith [CI] 69-72 --141

T13 Chris Baker [OC] 71-70 --141

T21 Lanto Griffin [CI] 70-72 --142

T21 Christian Brand [CI] 74-68 --142

T21 Tanner Ervin [OC] 75-67 --142

T21 Nick Bova [OC] 75-67 --142

T21 Sam Beach [OC] 71-71 --142

T21 Wes Worster [OC] 74--68 --142

T21 Joshua Brock [OC] 72-70 --142

T21 McCuen Elmore [OC] 72-70 --142

T21 Ryan Blaum [CI] 71-71 --142

T30 Ryan Sullivan [CI] 75-68 --143

T30 Chip Lynn [CI] 70-73 --143

T30 Travis Ross [CI] 73-70 --143

T30 Peter Malnati [CI] 71-72 --143

T30 Bobby MacWhinnie [OC] 69-74 --143

T30 Daniel Bowden [CI] 71-72 --143

T30 Daniel Woltman [OC] 68-75 --143

T30 Seamus Power [OC] 71-72 --143

T38 Brett Munson [OC] 69-75 --144

T38 Matthew Ryan [OC] 73-71 --144

T38 Mitchell Krywulycz [CI] 72-72 --144

T38 Kevin McLister [OC] 71-73 --144

T38 Cole Claassen [OC] 72-72 --144

T38 Ricky McDonald [OC] 74-70 --144

T44 Frank Adams III [OC] 75-70 --145

T44 Tripp McAllister [CI] 74-71 --145

T44 Jonas Enander Hedin [OC] 74-71 --145

T44 Thomas Curtis [OC] 76-69 --145

T44 Ryan Gildersleeve [OC] 72-73 --145

T44 Fergal Rafferty [CI] 73-72 --145

T44 Michael Shrader [OC] 72-73 --145

T44 Barrett Kelpin [CI] 69-76 --145

T44 Charlie Winegardner [CI] 74-71 --145

T53 MacKenzie Hughes [OC] 73-73 --146

T53 Tadd Fujikawa [OC] 75-71 --146

T53 Drew Weaver [CI] 74-72 --146

T53 Tim Hegarty [OC] 74-72 --146

T53 Ben Lee [OC] 73-73 --146

T53 Paul Woodbury [CI] 70-76 --146

T53 Scott Usher [CI] 74-72 --146

T53 Timothy Madigan [OC] 75-71 --146

T53 Fielding Brewbaker [CI] 71-75 --146

T53 Bruce Woodall [CI] 73-73 --146

T53 Vaita Guillaume [CI] 72-74 --146

T53 Adam Long [CI] 76-70 --146

TEE TIMES

Round 3

Oldfield Country Club

No. 1

8 a.m.: Chip Lynn, Travis Ross

8:10 a.m.: McCuen Elmore, Ryan Blaum, Ryan Sullivan

8:20 a.m.: Sam Beach, Wes Worster, Joshua Brock

8:30 a.m.: Christian Brand, Tanner Ervin, Nick Bova

8:40 a.m.: Jesse Smith, Chris Baker, Lanto Griffin

8:50 a.m.: Taylor Floyd, David Robinson, Jonathan Cox

9 a.m.: David May, Tommy Biershenk, Birgir Hafthorsson

9:10 a.m.: Bryan Pierce, Cam Burke, Garland Green

9:20 a.m.: Chris Epperson, John-Tyler Griffin, Conrad Shindler

9:30 a.m.: Ryan Nelson, Jack Fields, Harold Varner

9:40 a.m.: Brent Witcher, Olafur Loftsson, Stephen Poole

No. 10

8 a.m.: Peter Malnati, Bobby MacWhinnie

8:10 a.m.: Daniel Bowden, Daniel Woltman, Seamus Power

8:20 a.m.: Brett Munson, Matthew Ryan, Mitchell Krywulycz

8:30 a.m.: Kevin McLister, Cole Claassen, Ricky McDonald

8:40 a.m.: Frank Adams III, Tripp McAllister, Jonas Enander Hedin

8:50 a.m.: Thomas Curtis, Ryan Gildersleeve, Fergal Rafferty

9 a.m.: Michael Shrader, Barrett Kelpin, Charlie Winegardner

9:10 a.m.: MacKenzie Hughes, Tadd Fujikawa, Drew Weaver

9:20 a.m.: Tim Hegarty, Ben Lee, Paul Woodbury

9:30 a.m.: Scott Usher, Timothy Madigan, Fielding Brewbaker

9:40 a.m.: Bruce Woodall, Vaita Guillaume, Adam Long