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du Toit grabs GolfBC lead

A year ago, Jared du Toit made the cut at the GolfBC Championship on the number.

The following morning, going off first and playing by himself, the Kimberley native torched the Gallagher's Canyon layout en route to a course-record 61, and a top-10 finish.

What a difference a year makes.

Du Toit took advantage of some shaky play from the leaders to vault into a two-shot lead midway through this year's event.

In doing so, he becomes the first Canadian to own the lead after any round over the nearly three year history of the event.

du Toit fired a second round five under par 66 for a 36-hole score of 11 under par 131.

He's two clear of five players, including first round co-leaders Zach Wright and Mark Anguiano.

du Toit went out in two under, counting birding on three of four holes midway through the opening nine. Those were sandwiched around a bogey on 13, his fourth hole of the day.

Just one shot back, du Toit strung together consecutive birdies on four, five and six to grab a two shot lead. He gave one back on seven before finishing with a birdie on the par five ninth.

Following his opening round, du Toit admitted he wasn't playing very well during a practice round, but said it was good to have the memory of that 61 in the back of his mind.

Things didn't go so well Friday for Thursday;s co-leaders.

Wright did manage to get it to 11 under at one point during an up-and-down second round before a pair of bogeys on his final nine left him at even for the day.

It was the same for Anguiano who needed a birdie on 17 to salvage an even par day after stumbling with bogeys on 10, 11 and 12.

The other co-leader after round one, Grady Brame Jr. all but shot himself out of contention with a five over 76 Friday.

Brinson Paolini, Corey Pereira and Jeremy Paul also share second spot at nine under.

Paul, along with Toronto's Taylor Pendrith had the rounds of the day Friday. Both shot eight under 63s.

Pendrith vaulted to just three back at eight under after a pedestrian even par round Thursday.

A total of 63 golfers survived the cut, set at three under.


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