Golf

Quincy's Guthrie sitting in second place at Lincoln Land Charity Championship

By DAVE KANE
Special to the Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 28, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Jun. 28, 2018 11:45 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Rhein Gibson and Carlos Ortiz have a share of the lead after completing the first round of the Lincoln Land Charity Championship presented by LRS at Panther Creek Country Club.

But it's uncertain whether Gibson and Ortiz, who both tied the tournament record with 9-under-par 62s on Thursday, will have that lead all to themselves by the start of the second round.

Thanks to a late-afternoon storm that drenched Panther Creek, play was suspended Thursday with half of the 156-man field yet to complete the first round.

All of the golfers in Thursday's afternoon session will resume their rounds at 7:30 a.m. Friday. That includes Sam Burns of Shreveport,

La., and Quincy's Luke Guthrie.

Golfers' original second-round tee times will be pushed back two hours Friday, with morning times now running from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and afternoon times from 2:05 p.m. to 4:05 p.m.

Guthrie's group will start the second round at 9 a.m. Friday on No. 1.

Playing in the first afternoon group on the back nine, Guthrie and Burns were both at 7 under par through 15 holes Thursday. When play was halted at 4:05 p.m., Guthrie was preparing for a 7-foot birdie putt on No. 7 that would send him to 8 under.

Guthrie, a former University of Illinois standout who met with early success on the PGA Tour but is in his second Web.com season, has a chance to move into second place on his own beginning with the birdie putt Friday.

"I have a good opportunity in the morning," Guthrie said. "You'd prefer to finish your round, but I have family and friends here, so where going to go have a nice dinner.

Guthrie, who tied for 71st at Wichita last week, carded eagles on the par-5 16th hole and the par-5 No. 6 to get to minus-7 for the day. He said there was room for improvement from Thursday's play, but he's learned to be patient.

"I haven't been playing my best," Guthrie said. "I just want to make a little progress happen. I don't have to be perfect, although I'm a perfectionist.

"My goal is to just be a little better than the previous day. Maybe make a couple more quality shots than the day before. I didn't hit it perfect today, but I missed in the right spots and I made some putts."

"Tomorrow I'll try to for a few more quality shots."

Morning players Gibson and Ortiz both equaled the tournament-record 62 first posted in 2016 by Oliver Goss and Ollie Schniedergans.

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