Flesch has lead at Turning Stone

Sep 22, 2007 - 2:23 PM VERONA, New York (Ticker) -- Steve Flesch has the lead entering Saturday's third round of the $6 million Turning Stone Resort Championship.

On Friday, Flesch fired a 7-under-par 65 to take a one-shot lead. He is seeking his second title of the year.

A 10-year veteran, Flesch entered this season with just two career victories on his resume. But the 40-year-old won the Reno-Tahoe Open in early August and is on track for another title this weekend after a stellar second round.

Flesch started on the back nine at Atunyote Golf Club, holing three birdies and a three-shot eagle over his first five holes. The Cincinnati native headed into the turn at 12-under overall and picked up another stroke with a birdie on the par-4 second hole.

Flesch leveled off with five straight pars from 3-7 before birdying the par-5 eighth to climb to 14-under overall. However, he bogeyed his final hole to finish the round with an overall score of 13-under 131.

American Jeff Gove and Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge both turned in outstanding rounds Friday and are tied for second, one shot off Flesch's pace.

The first-round co-leader, Gove also started on the back nine and carded a 5-under 67 after registering five birdies.

A first-year PGA member who has finished no higher than sixth this season, de Jonge finished with five birdies and an eagle against one bogey to register his second straight 66.

American Charles Warren also fired a 65 to climb into sole possession of fourth place at 11-under 133. The 32-year-old recorded seven birdies and an eagle against two bogeys.

Matt Hendrix, Chris Stroud and Charley Hoffman are locked in a three-way tie for fifth at 10-under 134 while Chad Campbell, who shared the first-round lead with Gove, slumped into a tie for 26th after carding a 72.

First prize is $1.08 million.

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