Bob Tway is in a group of six tied for the lead after the second round of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
The first-round leader after a six-under-par 64, Tway followed up his fantastic opening round with a two-under 70, moving to 10-under 134 through 36 holes.
Jonathan Byrd (69), John Cook (65), Kevin Na (68), Tom Pernice Jr (68) and Tag Ridings (66) are tied with Tway, one shot in front of a group of five.
“Any time you get to double digits after two rounds, you are doing something right,” Byrd said. “I am pretty confident in my game and I feel like I have some momentum going.”
Frank Lickliter (65), Loren Roberts (67), Joey Snyder (68), Bo Van Pelt (69) and Brett Wetterich (67) are at nine-under 135.
Staying in contention is especially important for Lickliter, Roberts and Wetterich who rank 149th, 126th and 137th, respectively, on the PGA Tour money list.
This is the last tournament for players to solidify their positions on the money list and earn a full exemption for the 2006 season – not to mention avoid the pressure-cooker known as Q-school.
“It’s a stressful situation and really tough on your sleeping habits although I am sleeping a little bit better this week,” said Ridings, who is 101st on the money list. “Hopefully I can get something good this week and I can sleep really well all next year.”
Cook, who is 177th on the money list, carded the low round among the leaders with eight birdies and just one bogey.
Looking for his 12th career victory and first since the 2001 Reno-Tahoe Open, Cook closed his round with four consecutive birdies.
Lickliter eagled the par-five 11th and added six birdies, including back-to-back birdies on the 17th and 18th to close his round.
Wetterich started his round on the 10th and was one-over on his front nine after three consecutive bogeys starting at number 13.
He got hot coming in with six birdies, including three in a row at the first, second and third, and back-to-back birdies to close out the round.