Omar Uresti leads PGA Pros; top 20 make championship

AP File Photo - Omar Uresti (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)
AP File Photo - Omar Uresti (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

VERONA, N.Y. (AP) — Former PGA Tour player Omar Uresti shot a 5-under 67 on Monday at Turning Stone to take the second-round lead in the PGA Professional Championship.

The final top 20 will earn spots next month in the PGA Championship at Baltusrol in New Jersey.

The 47-year-old Uresti, a PGA Life Member from Austin, Texas, had a 9-under 135 total. He had only 25 putts in the round at Kaluhyat. He opened with a 68 on Sunday at Atunyote, the site of the final two rounds.

“It was a solid scoring day,” Uresti said. “I was a little tight and held on to make some putts. I’ve been playing pretty well. I was working on my putting, speeding up my routine. It seems to be helping.”

Uresti tied for fourth at Atunyote in the PGA Tour’s 2006 B.C. Open,

“I did have a good finish here, so that provides a good feeling to draw back on,” Uresti saud. “It was a while ago, but it does help a little, actually quite a bit.”

Ryan Helminen, the PGA Teaching Professional at Ridgeway Country Club in Neenah, Wisconsin, was a stroke back after a 69 at Atunyote.

“Even though I’m 41, my game is getting better every year,” Helminen said. “Playing in this championship, the state opens, playing with better competition, it makes you better. I feel like I’m still learning. I feel like I haven’t peaked. As long as I get better each year, who knows what’s out there?”

Rich Berberian Jr. of Derry, New Hampshire, was 7 under after a 69 at Kaluhyat.

Karen Paolozzi of Atlanta was tied for eighth at 3 under after a 70 at Atunyote. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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