PANAMA CITY — Omar Morales of Mexico shot his second straight 1-under 69 on Friday to take a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Latin America Newbie Championship.
Morales, a junior at UCLA, was one among two gamers below par via 36 holes at windy Santa Maria Golf Membership. Mateo Fuenmayor of Colombia shot 68, one of the best spherical of the day. The Oregon State senior was at 1-under 139.
Mexico’s Santiago De la Fuente (71) and Brazil’s Andre Xavier (69) had been one other shot behind.
The winner of the Latin America Newbie earns a spot within the Masters, the U.S. Open and the British Open. Morales hit the opening tee shot in final 12 months’s U.S. Open at Los Angeles Nation Membership and is the highest-ranked participant within the subject at No. 72 on the planet newbie rating.
Eight nations and territories had been represented among the many prime 10, and gamers from 16 nations made the 36-hole reduce.
Morales and Fuenmayor each performed bogey-free on the again 9. Fuenmayor made a double bogey on the par-4 sixth to fall again to even for the day, however performed his last 12 holes in 2 below.