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CONCORD, N.C. – Every so often in golf, a character comes along who turns heads and creates a persona uniquely their own. On the PGA Tour, that player is clearly John Daly. On the Tarheel Tour, that player is none other than Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey. You know you’ve hit the big time in mini tour golf when your nickname is on your shirt and you have an agent setting you up with celebrity outings. 
The second annual Southern Open has two rounds in the books and already Sunday is looking like it could be a shootout. Gainey and Kyle Bradley sit at ten under par 134 through two rounds and will share the lead heading into the final round. The long hitting “Big Break” star carded a second round 66 at Kannapolis Country Club on Saturday in his attempt to remain atop the 2006 Tarheel Tour money list. Gainey’s round included an eagle at the par-5 4th and six birdies over the layout known for multiple risk/reward shots. Bradley, a former College of Charleston star, came out in somewhat of a lull on Saturday with pars on his first ten holes. The North Augusta, SC native would quickly turn it around with birdies at 11, 12, 14, 17, and 18 on the back nine at Kannapolis en route to shooting a second round 68. Bradley could easily have the lead to himself had it not been for a costly bogey at the simple par-5 15th. The recently married Tarheel Tour regular will be looking to add the winner’s share of the $84,000 purse to his newfound “joint” checking account.
A quartet of players sits at 136, a mere two shots back heading into the exciting final round. Brian Quackenbush, William McGirt, Bryan Conway, and Scott Feaster have all positioned themselves for a chance at claiming their first title in a Tarheel Tour event. Quackenbush, a Fairfax, VA native and UVA alum, carded the low round of the four with a 66 at Kannapolis that featured no bogies.
Feaster, who held the lead after round one, shot 71 in the second round to fall back into a tie for third.
Derek Watson, Jeff Curl, and Kevin Kisner all sit at 137 after two rounds. Kisner, a recent UGA graduate, shot 66 at Cabarrus Country Club on Saturday and has his eyes set on capturing his first professional win on Sunday.
The round of the day came from all time Tarheel Tour leading money winner Matt Cannon of Huntersville, NC. Cannon shot 65 in the afternoon at Cabarrus, a round that featured an eagle at the par-5 1st. The 17 time Tarheel Tour winner has made a habit this year of going high in round one, just to turn around and drop a low number in round two. With the final round being played at Cabarrus, Cannon is certainly a player with a chance at six shots back.
The leader through two rounds in the amateur division is Andrew Younts. Younts has rounds of 72 and 70 under his belt and a comfortable lead heading into Sunday.
The talk of the tournament through two rounds has certainly been the rough at Cabarrus Country Club. Tim Davis, the course superintendent, has had a grin on his face all week as countless players have thrashed through four plus inches of bermuda grass, just to watch the ball go up and come down like a wounded duck – well short of the green. The players who have played well at Cabarrus have certainly kept the ball in the fairway and allowed themselves to attack the pins.
On a side note, nine of the top ten players on the leader board are from the south, thus increasing the odds that the Southern Open will have a southern winner for the second consecutive year. Elliot Gealy of Salisbury, NC won the inaugural event last year.
The final round will begin at 9 am on Sunday morning at Cabarrus Country Club. The tournament is open to the public and free of charge.
For more information, visit www.tarheeltour.com.

Tarheel Professional Tour
Southern Open
Second Round Results
Cabarrus Country Club & Kannapolis Country Club

Tommy Gainey 68-66=134
Kyle Bradley 66-68=134
Brian Quackenbush 70-66=136
William McGirt 68-68=136
Bryan Conway 68-68=136
Scott Feaster 65-71=136
Derek Watson 66-71=137
Jeff Curl 68-69=137
Kevin Kisner 71-66=137
Ben Duncan 70-68=138
Gregg Jones 71-68=139
Hank Kim 70-69=139
Jared Garrity 68-71=139
Jake Reeves 69-70=139
Adam Rushin 70-69=139
Matt Davidson 70-69=139
Matt Kilgo 68-71=139
Andy Bare 69-70=139
Jason Fober 69-71=140
Matt Cannon 75-65=140
Matt Bettencourt 70-70=140
Dustin Bray 66-74=140
David Sanchez 71-70=141
Tommy Schaff 73-68=141
John McAllister 72-69=141
Jason Martin 70-71=141
Stewart Moore 70-71=141
Stephen Poole Jr. 74-67=141
Stan Gann 71-70=141
Bryan DeCorso 72-69=141
Greg Boyette 70-71=141
Jonathan Fricke 70-71=141
David Seawell 70-71=141
Brent Delahoussaye 72-69=141
Braxton Wynns 69-72=141
Todd Gleaton 71-71=142
Andrew Younts (a) 72-70=142
John Bachman 72-70=142
Trae Ely 73-69=142
Shaun Norris 68-74=142
Charles Frost 73-69=142
David Robinson 73-69=142
Aaron Black 70-72=142