Photo: Sunriver, OR – June 19: Michael Boyd watches his shot on the 17th hole during Round Two of the 50th PGA Professional Championship held at Crosswater at Sunriver Resort Club on June 19, 2017 in Sunriver, Oregon. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America)
SUNRIVER, ORE. – Jamie Broce of Toledo, Ohio, closed out a bogey-free 5-under-par 67 Monday at Crosswater Club, earning a share of the lead with defending Champion Rich Berberian Jr. after 36 holes of the 50th PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA.
Broce and Berberian are deadlocked at 6-under-par 137, a stroke ahead of former Champion Rod Perry of Port Orange, Florida, and Brian Smock of Coronado, California, whose 7-under-par 64 at the Meadows Course in his debut appearance was a shot off the Championship single-round record.
Michael Boyd, who runs his own teaching academy at The Club at Indian Springs in Broken Arrow, is tied for 10th after rounds of 72-69, just four shots off the pace. The top 20 finishers will compete in the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow. Tim Fleming, head professional at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, and Jeff Combe, head professional at Tulsa Country Club, also competed in the event but did not make the cut.
Two-time Champion Matt Dobyns of Glen Head, New York, (71) heads a foursome at 140 that includes Paul Claxton of Claxton, Georgia (70); Curtis Malm of Aurora, Illinois (70); and Craig Bowden of Bloomington, Indiana (71).
Broce, who has coached the University of Toledo men’s golf team the past five seasons, rolled home a 15-foot par-saving putt on the 18th green to put himself back into contention of a national championship that slipped through his grasp in 2014.