CHRIS KORTE SHOOTS SECOND-ROUND 62, TAKES ONE SHOT LEAD HEADING INTO FINAL ROUND OF DESERT FINANCIAL
FIRST-ROUND LEADER PAISLEY SITS ONE BACK, GRIFFIN WOOD TWO BACK AT 8-UNDER, 7 OTHERS WITHIN FOUR SHOTS OF LEAD
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Chris Korte (Littleton, Colo.) had the hot hand on Wednesday, firing an 8-under par 62 to take the lead after the second round of the 2022 Desert Financial Open Presented by United Rentals at Talking Stick Golf Club.
Coming off a first-round 68, Korte came out on fire in round two, carding a birdie on the first hole, an eagle on the 552-yard par-5 second, and a birdie the par-4 fourth hole. He made the turn at 4-under for the day and capped off his bogey-free round with four more birdies on the back nine to get into the clubhouse with a one-shot lead at 10-under for the tournament.
First-round leader Andrew Paisley (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who shot a 63 in the first round, carded three birdies and a bogey for a 2-under 68 and sits in second at 9-under, one back of Korte.
Griffin Wood (Scottsdale, Ariz.) notched back-to-back 66’s and sits solo third at 8-under par, while Brendon Jelly (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Grant Booth (Scottsdale, Ariz.) are T-4 at 7-under par. Wood’s up-and-down round included an eagle, five birdies and three bogeys, including a bogey on the par-4 18th that dropped him to solo third heading into Thursday’s final round. Jelley carded a bogey-free 64 in round two, while Booth carded a 66 with a finishing birdie on 18 to get into the Top-5 with one round to play.
Rounding out the Top-10 are Matt Marshall (Yamhill, Ore.), Jon Trasamar (Blue Earth, Minn.), Austin Lancaster (Hendersonville, Tenn.), Zander Winston (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Jake Channen (Phoenix, Ariz.),who all are sitting T-6 at 6-under par.
In just five years the Desert Financial Credit Union Open Presented by United Rentals is making a name for itself as one of the premier professional golf tournaments in the State of Arizona. The event features a 54-hole tournament with a field of 156 players, with a cut to the low 50 players and ties after 36 holes. The tournament has a guaranteed purse of $125,000 – with $20,000 going to the winner.
The Desert Financial Credit Union Open Presented by United Rentals was created to provide a first-class competitive golf tournament for touring professionals, while also raising money to support Arizona Charities. For more information visit the tournament website at www.DesertFinancialOpen.com.
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Desert Financial Foundation is the sole sponsor of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital 1 Darn Cool School Program, which allows patients to experience a traditional classroom setting while in treatment. The accredited teaching staff works with more than 10,000 patients each year in the hospital classroom to help keep children academically on track and alleviate any anxiety about falling behind. 1 Darn Cool School provides year-round individual instruction for all students grades K-12 and even offers various art classes on Fridays known as “Fine Arts Fridays”.
Should patients not be able to leave their beds, teachers are able to visit patient rooms to provide academic assistance. Additionally, the teachers facilitate each patient's transition back to their regular learning environment once they are ready to leave the hospital. Phoenix Children’s Hospital has the distinction of being one of only a handful of hospitals in the country that provides schooling for patients.