McCarthy Stays On Top at Knoxville Open Presented by Food City


KNOXVILLE , TN – Kyle McCarthy is not concerned with winning this week. Sure, he would take the $85,500 winner’s check at the Knoxville Open presented by Food City . Of course, his ultimate goal is to get into ‘The 25’ and join the PGA TOUR next year. But after a second-round 70 put McCarthy at 10-under-par with a one-stroke lead, the 24-year-old rookie is happy to make the cut and get himself into contention for the first time on the Nationwide Tour this season.

“To know that I’ve cashed a check, no matter what happens on the weekend is huge,” McCarthy said. “This will help me have a much better chance of playing as the year goes on.”

Early in his round, it looked as if McCarthy would not be able to capitalize on his first-round 64 as he bogeyed the third and fifth holes to go out in 2-over-par 38. Four birdies and a 32 on the back nine kept him in the lead at one of four events remaining from the original 1990 Nationwide Tour schedule.

“I just didn’t hit it as straight as I did yesterday so that was a problem,” he said. “I just stayed within myself and played solid through the day.”

This will be the first cut that McCarthy’s has made on the Nationwide Tour this season. He earned his spot on the Nationwide Tour the hard way. He was rookie was the only player to advance from the pre-qualifier, through the first and second rounds and all the way to the final round of last year’s PGA TOUR National Qualifying Tournament. McCarthy is attempting to become the first wire-to-wire winner in the history of the 17-year event.

Deane Pappas followed a first-round 67 with a second-round 68 and is one-shot off the lead – his lowest second-round standing since the 2005 Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open.

“My plan at the start of the week was the shoot 20-under-par. So I’m close to half way there,” Pappas said. “I’m just trying to hit my spots.”

Canadian Brad Fritsch shot the round of the day at the 7,110 yard course at Fox Den Country Club. A bogey-free 65 that included four consecutive birdies between holes 10-13 moved Fritsch from T34 to 3 rd on the learderboard. Fritsch has one top 25 during his rookie campaign on the Nationwide Tour and sits at No. 121 on the money list.

“It hasn’t been the best year so far, but I keep telling myself that there are so many events left and I am bound to play well in one of them,” he said. “Today, I finally dialed it in.”

Fritsch played in the same group as McCarthy and Bob Burns for the first two rounds. The three combined to shoot 24-under-par thru the second round with all three finishing Friday in the top 6.

“It was a nice group. We talked a lot,” Fristch said. “We fed off each other and sometimes had a lot of the same putts.”

Roland Thatcher, Brad Quiri and Jon Mills are three strokes back.

First Round News & Notes : Brad Fritsch, Todd Demsey, Michael Letzig, Esteban Toledo, Jim Gallagher Jr., Willie Wood, Larry Mize, Kyle Thomspson and Tim Turpen shot bogey-free rounds…. Miguel Carballo, ranked No. 11 on the money list and winner of the Movistar Panama Championship, has made the cut in each of the 10 events he has played this season…. 67 players made the cut at 1-under-par, nine strokes off the lead… Out of 17 events in tournament history, 11 have been first-time winners on the Nationwide Tour…. The scoring average moved from 73.020 on Thursday to 72.079 on Friday. The 16 th hole played the most difficult as the par 3 214-yard hole gave up just three birdies and averaged .316 strokes over par for the tournament.
Pos Ctry Player Name
First / Last today thru To Par R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
Score
1 Kyle McCarthy -2 F -10 64 70 134
2 Deane Pappas -4 F -9 67 68 135
3 Brad Fritsch -7 F -8 71 65 136
T4 Roland Thatcher -6 F -7 71 66 137
T4 Brad Quiri -2 F -7 67 70 137
T4 Jon Mills -3 F -7 68 69 137
T7 Bob Burns -4 F -6 70 68 138
T7 Todd Demsey -4 F* -6 70 68 138
T7 Josh Broadaway -4 F -6 70 68 138
T7 Kevin Gessino-Kraft -5 F* -6 71 67 138
T7 Bryn Parry -4 F* -6 70 68 138
T7 Chez Reavie -2 F* -6 68 70 138
T7 Michael Letzig -3 F* -6 69 69 138
T14 Neal Lancaster -6 F -5 73 66 139
T14 Kim Felton -2 F -5 69 70 139
T14 Scott Gardiner -2 F* -5 69 70 139
T14 Michael Sims -1 F -5 68 71 139
T14 Esteban Toledo -4 F -5 71 68 139
T19 Mark Wiebe -1 F -4 69 71 140
T19 Jim Gallagher, Jr. -5 F -4 73 67 140
T19 Adam Crawford -1 F -4 69 71 140
T19 Willie Wood -4 F -4 72 68 140
T19 Tyler Williamson -4 F -4 72 68 140
T19 Andrew Pratt -3 F -4 71 69 140
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T25 Boyd Summerhays +1 F* -3 68 73 141
T25 Keoke Cotner -4 F* -3 73 68 141
T25 Justin Smith -2 F -3 71 70 141
T25 Brent Delahoussaye -3 F -3 72 69 141
T25 Tjaart van der Walt E F -3 69 72 141
T25 Jimmy Walker E F* -3 69 72 141
T25 Aron Price -1 F* -3 70 71 141
T25 Joe Daley -4 F -3 73 68 141
T25 Miguel Carballo E F -3 69 72 141
T25 Ben Bates E F -3 69 72 141
T25 David Mathis -2 F* -3 71 70 141
T25 Kelly Grunewald -4 F* -3 73 68 141
T25 Brett Bingham -2 F -3 71 70 141
T25 Justin Hicks -3 F* -3 72 69 141
T25 Brian Unk -3 F* -3 72 69 141
T25 Tommy Biershenk -2 F -3 71 70 141
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T42 Scott Sterling -3 F -2 73 69 142
T42 Brad Elder -2 F -2 72 70 142
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T42 Brenden Pappas -2 F -2 72 70 142
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T42 Camilo Benedetti -2 F* -2 72 70 142
T42 Jeff Wood -4 F* -2 74 68 142
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T57 Larry Mize -3 F -1 74 69 143
T57 Hunter Haas E F* -1 71 72 143
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