Brad Benkey got off to a hot start yesterday at the Waikoloa Village Golf Club on the Big Island and shares the lead with Joey Snyder after two rounds of Pro Tour Hawaii's second four-round, $100,000 golf tournament.
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Benkey, of Ventura, Calif., birdied the first two holes on the way to a 6-under-par 66 that put him at 12-under 132 at the midway point.
Snyder, of Scottsdale, Ariz., who had a three-shot lead at the start of the second round, shot 69 yesterday. He had tied the course record with a first-round 63.
Mark Henderson of Barrie, Ontario, who shot a 68 yesterday, and Stephen Summers of Dallas, with a 65, were two shots behind the co-leaders.
Greg Meyer (69) and Ivan Cunningham (72) led Hawaii golfers with 5-under 139 totals.
Goldstein, Mayer advancePaul Goldstein began his title defense with a straight-sets victory and former U.S. Davis Cupper Gene Mayer ended the longest-ever hiatus between appearances in the men's pro rankings as first-round play wound up yesterday in the Hilton Waikoloa Village USTA Challenger.
Top-seeded Goldstein of Rockville, Md., defeated Michael Joyce of Los Angeles, 7-5, 6-2.
Mayer, a wild-card entry in the $50,000 Big Island tournament, beat France's Cedric Kauffman, 6-4, 6-4, earning six Entry System points. That will put him in the international standings for the first time in 13 years and four months.
Unseeded Vince Spadea of Boca Raton, Fla., who was ranked 19th in the world two years ago, ousted third-seeded Paradorn Srichi-phan of Thailand, 6-4, 6-3.