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Cornelson takes tight lead into weekend at The Wildfire Invitational

Leader Adam Cornelson heads into weekend play ahead by one stroke over Brock Mackenzie.
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Adam Cornelson did just enough to keep his lead at The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial, firing a 5-under 67 on Friday to reach 14-under par through two rounds at Wildfire Golf Club.

The Langley, BC, native chalked up five birdies on a bogey-free day, including one at the par-3 ninth, his final hole of the day, to lead by one over playing partner Brock Mackenzie of the U.S.

Cornelson, a fourth-year PGA Tour Canada member, arrived at Wildfire situated 97th on the Order of Merit, knowing he needs to make a move up the leaderboard to capitalize on the biggest opportunity of his season – if not his career. The University of New Orleans grad has five career top-25 finishes on the tour, but is looking for his first top-10 after missing five of his past six cuts.

The solid starts for Cornelson and Mackenzie came after the pair played together in each of the first two rounds. The duo has combined for 27 birdies, an eagle and just two bogeys through 36 holes.

One shot back of Mackenzie at 12-under were Americans Joe Panzeri and Randall Hutchison.

Mackenzie peaking at right time in banner season

With a storied playing resume that includes two PGA Tour Canada wins and 73 starts on the Web.com Tour, it’s no small statement for Brock Mackenzie to say he’s playing better than he ever has, but that’s exactly what the Order of Merit No. 3 says he’s doing this season on PGA Tour Canada.

In addition to his win in Calgary, Mackenzie has two other top five finishes to his name this season, just $7,665 back of Order of Merit No. 2 Tim Madigan, who missed the cut at Wildfire. Mackenzie can pass Madigan with a three-way T3 or better this weekend.

Hemmerich continues under par streak to begin pro career

Kitchener’s Chris Hemmerich has kept the strong start to his professional career going this week at Wildfire, sitting T7 through 36 holes. The 21-year-old has yet to shoot a score of par or worse as a professional after a four-under 68 on Friday that put him 10-under through two rounds.

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