Tomasulo leads by one at halfway point at Ohio State

July 25, 2008
Mark Williams, PGA TOUR Staff

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Scarlet Course at the Ohio State University Golf Club put up a good defense Friday as the greens firmed up, the wind picked up, and the scores went up in the second round of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational.

Inside the Numbers
Tomasulo thru 36 Holes
Category Total Rank
Eagles 0 N/A
Birdies 9 T2
Pars 23 T66
Bogeys 4 T125
Double Bogeys 0 N/A
Other 0 N/A
Driving Accuracy 60.7% T51
Driving Distance 295.0 yds. T33
Greens in Regulation 88.9% T1
Putts per Round 31.0 T96
Putts per GIR 1.750 23
Sand Saves 0.0% T125

Peter Tomasulo (67), leads at 5 under par, one stroke ahead of Rich Barcelo (70) and Brendon Todd (69).

Ten players are tied for fourth at 3-under 139, including overnight co-leader Bill Lunde (72). Kelly Grunewald (73), Dave Schultz (75), and Bryce Molder (75), all first round co-leaders, slipped out of the top 10.

Tomasulo, from Long Beach, Calif., hit all 18 greens in regulation, bogeyed the first hole with a three-putt from 70 feet, then was flawless with birdies at holes 2, 7, 11, 12, and 15. A stellar 6-iron to five feet at the last left him with a chance to get to 6 under, but he narrowly missed his birdie putt.

"That was probably my best shot of the day actually," said Tomasulo, who won the 2005 Alberta Classic on a sponsor exemption in his first year out of college. "Five under is a good spot to be going into the weekend. Whether it's leading or not, I don't know, but I'm happy to be there and wish I had gotten to six on the last hole but feel like I'm in a pretty good spot."

After two frustrating years, Tomasulo likes the way his game is coming around. In the last two months, he has three top-5 finishes and is 12th on the money list. A top finish here will move him well into The 25 and toward earning a spot on the 2009 PGA TOUR.

"I'm learning a lot out here. It's a frustrating game, and when things go sour, it's easy to get frustrated and down on yourself," he said. "This year, I've been doing a better job of staying patient, staying in my routine and not getting too down on myself."

Barcelo, who resides in Tucson, Ariz., played 26 events on the PGA TOUR last year, made 13 cuts and finished 170th on the money list. The 33-year-old is feeling better about his game after taking a month off at the end of last year.

"I worked my tail off last year and then missed second stage of the q-school by one shot. I was fried, so I put the clubs away and spent time with my 3-year-old daughter," he explained. I've been knocking on the door this last month with a couple of good finishes," including a tie for ninth at the Knoxville Open and a tie for 14th at the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic.

Former Georgia All-American Todd celebrated his 23rd birthday three days ago and is now celebrating breaking a string of four missed cuts.

"The difference this week compared to the last month is I've chipped and putted really well," he said. "That's really it. My stats show I've hit the ball great all year."

Todd made his lone Nationwide Tour start at this event last year on a sponsor exemption and thinks that was a big advantage.

"It really helped me today, having played here last year," he added. "The only other course I've seen was Athens and I led into the final round there." (Todd shot 80 and finished tied for 25th at the Athens Regional Foundation Classic in April).

Phil Tataurangi, the next-to-last alternate who got into the event Wednesday afternoon, followed his opening 68 with an even-par 71, including a 3-under closing nine, and is one of 10 players tied for fourth. The New Zealander was impressed with the Scarlet Course.

"We don't often get the combination of the fairways running out and the greens playing firm. If the course stays like this, then the scores won't be low," said Tataurangi. "This is about as good as it gets on the Nationwide Tour. The golf course is well respected by the players and officials. There is corporate hospitality and good crowds. It has a real PGA TOUR feel about it."

Jarrod Lyle (71) and Colt Knost (69), both two-time winners this season, finished at 3 over par, making the cut on the number to advance to the weekend.

Second-Round News & Notes: The cut was 3 over par with 73 professionals and four amateurs advancing to the weekend. ... The scoring average for the second round was 72.917. ... The most difficult hole was the par-4 14th hole with a scoring average of 4.535, while the easiest hole was the par-5 12th, which averaged 4.667. ... Brad Iles (tied for fourth) and Josh Broadaway (tied for 14th) shared the low round of the day, 5-under 66. ... Zach Doran, a 26-year-old former All-American from Ohio State, playing on a sponsor exemption in his first Nationwide Tour event, shot 71-70 to advance to the weekend. ... Michael Boyd made an eagle at the 378-yard, par-4 16th hole, one of only six eagles all day. ... Daniel Summerhays, the 2007 Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational champion, missed his sixth consecutive cut. ... Peter Tomasulo's 5 under par is the highest leading 36-hole score, relative to par, on the Nationwide Tour this season.