March 29, 2014
BROUSSARD, La. – Former Ole Miss All-American Jonathan Randolph fired a 6-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead at the halfway point of the 23rd Chitimacha Louisiana Open, a WEB.com tour event, presented by Nacher.
Randolph’s 11-under 131 score topped that of 2010 champion Fabian Gomez (67) of Argentina, Ryan Blaum (68) and veteran Bill Lunde (64).
Randolph went out early in the morning and posted the number to beat. The Brandon, Miss., native grew up about three hours away so it’s no surprise that he feels comfortable at the Le Triomphe Country Club.
“Being so close to home, these greens look so natural to me,” said Randolph, who is tied for first with just 53 putts through two rounds. “If you just give them a good roll, they’ll go in. They may hit a bump here or there but if you just keep giving yourself good looks you’re going to roll in a lot of putts.”
Randolph’s seven birdies included a pair of 20-footers and admitted afterward that things were good but they could have been a little better.
“I probably missed three putts inside four or five feet,” he said. “I had a lot of really good looks. You have to keep going or you’re going to get lapped.”
To earn a PGA Tour card, golfers must qualify through the WEB.com Tour. At the end of the season, the top 25 players on the money list advance to the PGA Tour the following year.
A first team All-American selection as a senior at Ole Miss in 2010, Randolph has posted three National Golf Association Pro Golf Tour wins and was the NGA Co-Rookie of the Year in 2012.