KODAK, Tenn. (RELEASE) -- Justin Yoder knows plenty about winning.
At the University of Central Missouri, Yoder had a school-record 12
career wins and 38 top-10s. In addition, Yoder received All-American
honors three times and was named to the All-Nicklaus team in 2010. And after Friday, Yoder is in good position to continue the winning
tradition at the professional level.
Yoder, of Warrensburg, Mo., fired a 67 in the second round of the
NGA/Hooters Tour’s River Islands Golf Club Classic to take a two-shot lead over University of Tennessee alumnus David Skinns.
After making two late bogeys in the first round, Yoder went
blemish-free around the 7,001-yard course on Friday and completed his round before the second round was suspended due to inclement weather.
Skinns, of Lincoln, England, started the day T5 and quickly fell out of
the top 10 by playing the first six holes in 3-over par. Skinns, who has
three NGA/Hooters Tour wins, regrouped and ran off eight birdies,
including six on the back nine, to finish the day solo second and two
shots off the lead.
Chris Wilson, a PGA Tour veteran, started the second round with a share of the lead after matching the course record with a 64 on Thursday, but the Dublin, Ohio, golfer shot a 70 in the second round to slip to third and three shots behind Yoder.
Justin Smith, of Franklin, Pa., stayed in touch with the leaders by
shooting a 67 on Friday. Smith, who has three NGA/Hooters Tour wins, is one of three golfers tied for fourth. Andy Winings (Brownsburg, Ind.) and David McKendrick (West Monroe, La.) are also T4.
Patton Kizzire, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., made the biggest move of the day.
The former Auburn Tiger matched the course record with a 64 to move from T75 to T7 during the second round.
Former Middle Tennessee standout Chas Narramore, of Kingston, Tenn., joined Kizzire in a tie for seventh after carding a 66 on Friday. Hernan Piri Borja, a cast member on Golf Channel’s Big Break Indian Wells, is also T7.
First round co-leader Brandon Brown, of Shelbyville, Ky., was still on
the course when play was suspended. The second round will resume at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.
As always, admission is free to the public. For more information,
please visit: www.HootersTour.com.
The purse for the River Islands Golf Club Classic is $200,000, with
$28,000 going to the winner.