Lima, Peru (February 6, 2013) – A couple of 66’s have allowed Mexico’s Oscar Serna to seize control halfway through the first Qualifying Tournament for the 2013 season of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
At 12-under par 132 through 36 holes, Serna has opened a comfortable six-stroke lead over Argentina’s Luciano Dodda, 66, and Colombia’s Rafael Romero, 69.
The Mexican is playing at a different pace at Lima’s Country Club La Planicie, where 103 players from 16 countries are battling for twenty Tour cards.
“As I said earlier this week, I’m striking the ball really well and I’m making things easy,” the 34-year old said. “I’m relaxed, but I don’t think I have this one locked because you know how golf works. I think I’m on the right path and I just have to keep doing the same for two more days.”
A Web.com Tour member last year, Serna made two birdies and two bogeys on the front and then ran away on the back nine. He had a birdie on 10, an eagle on 12 and closed with birdies on the last three holes.
Lowest round of the day. Serna shared the lowest score of the day with Argentina’s Luciano Dodda, who followed an opening 72, with seven birdies and only one bogey. “It was a very good round, almost everything went right and I played extremely well on the green, something I was unable to do yesterday. Anyway, it’s a four-day event and we are still far from the end,” said the 24-year old from Buenos Aires.
Two way tie for second. Quietly, as he usually does, Colombia’s Rafael Romero shot 69 for the second day in a row to make it a two-way tie for second. A 39-year old who won the Colombian Open in 2000, Romero managed to keep his pace with a trio of birdies between 10 and 12.
No longer the leader. A tough stretch of four bogeys between 1 and 5 proved costly for the opening round leader José Toledo. The Guatemalan ended up posting a 74 to slip into a four way-tie for fourth along with Spain’s Jacobo Pastor, 69, and the Argentine duo of Federico Cabrera, 70, and Paulo Pinto, 72. "Hopefully the putts will drop again tomorrow. I don’t know what position I'm in right now, but the goal is to qualify. I know that if I make my best effort I have a very good chance,” he said.
Solid amateur. Spain’s Jacobo Pastor Lopez, a 24-year old who graduated from Charleston Southern University last year, remains the lowest amateur. Today he got off to a good start on the more difficult front nine, but was unable to take advantage of any scoring opportunities on the friendlier back and posted a 70.
Third round pairings. There’s no cut scheduled at this event, so the 103 players on the field will be teeing it off on Thursday morning. All of them will be starting from the first tee, with the highest scores going out first and the lowest scores last. The first group will tee off at 7 am local time (same as the USA’s East Coast time) and the last at 12:58 pm.