Lake of the Woods Golf Course is referred to as LOW, but the scores on Saturday were anything but.
Defending champion David McDonald shot a 2-under-par 69 to take a one-stroke lead at 141 in the second round of the Kiwanis Columbia Championship.
McDonald and his playing partner David Teel shot the only rounds in the 60s, for Teel also posted a 69 on the second day and is at 142.
“I hit the ball decent,” McDonald said. “Just your normal round of golf; make the bad ones turn out to be decent, and your good ones will hopefully keep going.”
The course played relatively easy, McDonald said, but tournament pressure might have affected some of the field.
“A lot of people don’t play in competitive events, and it tends to make the second course and the second day have a little more pressure.”
Dee Sanders and Jim Starr shot 70 apiece, and they were the only others who shot under par.
Sanders’ 144 will put him in the final threesome today along with Teel and McDonald. Starr jumped to sixth place with a 146 after starting Saturday in 22nd.
The final round of the tournament will be played today at the Country Club of Missouri in Columbia.
Starr said he thought that Lake of the Woods played “10 shots easier” than A.L. Gustin did on Friday.
“The greens (Friday) were so hard and so fast, you couldn’t pull the trigger on any putts. You’re afraid of hitting it by (the hole) by about 10 feet,” Starr said.
“Today, the greens were just about at the right speed so you could go at it.”
Jeremy Zastrow also made a big leap on the scoreboard by posting a 72 for a two-day 147, which moved him into seventh place.
Zastrow said he hoped for better, for he dropped three strokes over the last three holes, including a double-bogey on the 18th.
First-day leader John Weston followed his 71 on Friday with a 75 to put him five strokes back.
Forty-five players made the cut of 160. Brad Daugherty, who was tied for seventh entering the second round with a 74, missed the cut after shooting 87 on Saturday.