David Skinns of London, England, shot a seven-under 65 on Friday at Wildfire Golf Club near Peterborough, Ont., to take the 36-hole lead at the Mackenzie Tour–PGA Tour Canada’s Wildfire Invitational.
Skinns was at 13 under through two rounds and led by one shot over Taiwan’s C.T. Pan and Americans Chase Marinell and Ryan Brehm.
“It’s what we’re all looking for and where we want to be, so I’m looking forward to it,” said Skinns. “I’ve played the par-5s decent and hit a lot of greens, so it’s been nice.”
Skinns finished tied for sixth at Wildfire in 2013, one of four top-10s that season, and said competing on a familiar layout helped him after he only arrived on site Wednesday, having spent the previous five days at home to visit his wife Kristin and one-year old son, Brayden.
“It’s just such a pleasure to play this golf course. You stand there and look at it, and it’s just a really nice place to be,” said Skinns. “In 2013 I felt like I was in contention every other week, so I was able to get into the flow. This year, I felt like it was a little more sporadic.”
In a tie for fifth were Peterborough’s Ted Brown and last week’s winner at the Great Waterway Classic, Brad Clapp of Chilliwack, B.C., along with American Michael Miller at 11 under.
The leaderboard is here.