Eger extends lead at Pro-Am

Regina, Sask., native Kent Eger shot a 4-under 68 Friday at Vardon Golf Club to add a stroke of cushion to his lead midway through the Western North Dakota Charity Pro-Am.

The 33-year-old Eger, who resides in Scottsdale, Ariz., is at 13-under with a 36-hole total of 131. Tim Ailes of Lewis Center, Ohio, carded an 8-under 64 to move into second place, three strokes behind Eger.

Bismarck native and Dakotas Tour money leader Tim Kunick shares third place with Zahkai Brown of Colorado at 135. Four golfers – Jhared Hack, Jeff Burton and Minnesotans Jon Trasamar and Casey Vangness – are tied for fifth at 136.

The only other North Dakotan in the field, Bismarck’s Shane Feist, is 11 strokes back and tied with sixth others for 30th in the 75-player field.

Eger, who posted a tournament-best 9-under 63 on Thursday, opened the day with a birdie on the par-5 first hole. He ran into trouble on the par-3 fourth, settling for a double bogey. He had played bogey-free golf for the first 21 holes of the event. He registered six more birdies – including three straight on the 14th, 15th and 16th – and just one more bogey.

Ailes, coming off a victory last weekend at The Dakotas Tour at Bismarck, improved on a first-day 70 with the second-best score of the tournament – 64. He finished the back nine 5-under, ending with a flurry of three birdies on the last four holes.

Kunick, after opening the tournament with a 65, slipped to four back after turning in a 2-under 70. He bogeyed the 15th and 17th – both par 4s – but birdied the 16th and 18th to remain under par.

Fiest opened the second day red-hot with four birdies in the first eight holes, but cooled off the rest of the way and settled for an even-par 72. He is 2-under for the tournament.

The 72-hole event, which features a tour-best $100,000 in prize money, continues today and Sunday.

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