PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Jim White shot a 6-under 66 on Friday on the Dye Course for a share of the second-round lead with Kim Thompson in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship at PGA Golf Club.
The low 35 finishers will qualify for the 2010 Senior PGA Championship in May at Colorado Golf Club near Denver.
Thompson had a 67 on the Wanamaker Course to match White at 9-under 135.
White, from Lincoln, Neb., won the 2004 tournament.
“It was one of those days. I hit a lot of great shots, made a few putts when I needed to, and got it close a bunch of times,” White said.
“Every year in this tournament you get older and the field gets younger. The hard part is you see more and more good players every year. You come here and you can’t let your guard down. This field is amazing.”
Thompson, from Salt Lake City, won the 1992 PGA Assistant championship.
“I really putted and chipped well today,” Thompson said. “During the hard part of the round I chipped it in for eagle on No. 7, when the wind was blowing, and then birdied No. 8. I had it going.”
Mickey Yokoi, the associate head coach for Arizona State’s men’s golf team, was a stroke back after a 70 on the Dye Course.
“I really have not played one round of golf since the end of July or beginning of August,” said Yokoi, who made it into the tournament as an alternate out of the Southwest PGA Section. “When I did not qualify from my section I started working with my players at Arizona State. I didn’t really have time to play.”
The final two rounds will be played on the Wanamaker Course.