Ross in front after 2 rounds of eGolf Tour opener at Palmetto Hall

sports@islandpacket.comMarch 1, 2014 

Minnesota's Travis Ross, arguably one of the eGolf Tour's steadiest performers in 2013, sits atop the 36-hole leaderboard at 10 under Friday following rounds of 68 and 66 at the fifth annual Palmetto Hall Championship presented by Westin Hilton Head Island.

Due to Wednesday's downpour, Ross -- a former University of New Mexico star now living in Charlotte -- was forced to play 26 holes of golf on Thursday afternoon.

After a one-hour frost delay greeted players at the host Cupp Course on Friday morning, Ross logged three more birdies to reach 6 under for the round and post a 134 total heading into the final round of the 54-hole event.

He leads by one shot over Ohio's Ethan Tracy of Columbus, Ohio.

"I've been able to make a lot of birdies over the first two days, without much stress," said Ross, who tallied 14 birdies and two double-bogeys through 36 holes. "When we went back out to start round two, the conditions were perfect and I was able to keep it going."

The 24-year-old Tracy posted the tournament's best round between Thursday night and Friday morning with a 7-under 65 -- thanks in part to a 6-under 30 on his outward nine.

Mike Furci of Sayville, N.Y., is alone in third with rounds of 69-67--136.

Final-round play at Palmetto Hall will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, with players competing in threesomes off of No. 1 tee. The tournament is open to the public and free of charge.

Palmetto Hall Championship presented by Westin Hilton Head Island

Leading scores, at Hilton Head Island; Palmetto Hall, Robert Cupp Course; Par 72; 7,079 yards

Second Round

Travis Ross (Crookston, MN) 68-66-0--134 -10

Ethan Tracy (Charlotte) 70-65-0--135 -9

Mike Furci (Sayville, NY) 69-67-0--136 -8

Seamus Power (Ireland) 68-69-0--137 -7

A. Stephenson (Greenville, NC) 68-70-0--138 -6

Drew Weaver (Sea Island, GA) 69-70-0--139 -5

Chris Naegel (Chesterfield, MO) 67-72-0--139 -5

Chris Thompson (Lawrence, KS) 68-72-0--140 -4

T.J. Mitchell (Athens, GA) 72-68-0--140 -4

Brendan Kelly (Annapolis, MD) 71-69-0--140 -4

Peter Malnati (Dandridge, TN) 72-69-0--141 -3

Steven Fox (Hendersonville, TN) 68-74-0--142 -2

Ryan Nelson (Charleston) 72-70-0--142 -2

Derek Rende (Soddy Daisy, TN) 71-71-0--142 -2

Will Collins (Salisbury, NC) 71-71-0--142 -2

Notable-Failed to qualify

Colby Wilson (Hilton Head Island) +6

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