By Bob DiCesare | Buffalo News Sports Reporter
At the top: Pittsford’s Gavin Hall (Texas) sits at -9 and carries a two-shot lead into Friday’s third round. Australia’s Harrison Endycott is two shots back after his Thursday 64, which is tied for the low round of the tournament. Viraat Badhwar (Stanford) and Gaston Bertinotti (Campbell) are tied for third, five shots behind Hall.
Back at it: Play begins at 8 a.m. Friday with the lead threesome of Hall, Endycott and Badhwar scheduled to tee it up at 12:30 p.m.
Closing in?: This is Hall’s fifth Porter Cup and he appears destined for his fifth straight top-10 finish. What he doesn’t have yet is a win. He finished tied for second in 2010 as a 15-year-old.
Three toughest holes (through two rounds)
No. 9, 477-yard par 4 – +0.4 to par
No. 5, 463-yard par 4 – +0.36 to par
No. 17, 460-yard par 4 – +0.36 to par
Three easiest holes (through two rounds)
No. 3, 552-yard par 5, -0.35 to par
No. 11, 554-yard par 5, -0.33 to par
No. 13, 576-yard par 5, -0.08 to par
Making hay: Given the ease of the par 5s it’s the other holes that define the tournament. Hall is 6-under on the par 4s, two shots better than anyone else. He’s second in birdies with 11, one fewer than Badhwar, Endycott and Garrett Rank.
Steady hand: Elma’s David Hanes has parred 28 of 36 holes. Only Trevor Sluman of Pittsford, with 29, has more. What has hurt Hanes’ most is he’s +2 on the par 5s. Five players are -5 on the par 5s. Hall is -3.