Brad Clapp of Chilliwack, B.C., took advantage of prime scoring conditions at Loyalist Golf and Country Club in Kingston on Friday, shooting a nine-under 63 to take the 36-hole lead at The Great Waterway Classic.
Clapp, who was born in nearby Trenton, Ont., and spent the first 10 years of his life in southeastern Ontario, carded seven birdies and an eagle to reach 14 under through two rounds of the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour event.
Clapp is two shots clear of Taiwan’s C.T. Pan and Americans Chase Seiffert, Minnesota’s Clayton Rask and California’s Trevor Simsby.
“I just stayed out of trouble. I’ve been hitting my driver really well this week, so I hit it almost every hole on the back nine,” said Clapp.
“I gave myself a lot of chances and only missed one green, so I’ve just been keeping it in play, plugging along and staying patient,” he added.
Clapp, who tied the round of the week despite missing a one-footer for birdie on the 13th, is staying with his aunt and uncle nearby and said he enjoyed the hometown feel of the event with familiar faces following him in the crowd.
“I only get a chance to come out here and see my family on this side of the country once a year if I’m lucky, so it’s nice that we can have dinners together,” said Clapp.
“I’m seeing some friends I haven’t seen in a long time, so it’s awesome. It keeps me nice and relaxed off the golf course,” he said.
“My aunt and uncle operate the Trenton Golf Club where I first grew up playing, so I went back and played there on Tuesday. There’s a membership that usually comes out and follows me,” he said.
“Unfortunately I didn’t play very well last year, but I’ll hopefully have some more people out this week,” said Clapp, whose 36 hole score to par is tied for the lowest on tour this season.
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