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Evans, Pillar tied for lead at Falling Rock

Paul Schofield
| Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Barry Evans joked as he arrived at the 18th green, "Who invited Pillar to this tournament?"

But after Evans, head pro at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston, W.Va., sank a 50-foot birdie putt, he did a little dance and didn't care.

Evans and John Pillar of the Country Club at Woodloch Springs near Scranton share the lead after the second round at the 2009 Falling Rock Classic at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington.

Each was at 10-under par 134 heading into today's final round. Both are vying for the $12,000 first-place prize. Second place will earn $7,000. The event is sponsored by Joe Hardy of 84 Lumber.

Oakmont pro Bob Ford had a strong finish with birdies on the final three holes. He sits at 7-under par.

Dennis Dolci of Sharon, who plays out of Tam O'Shanter, was in fourth place at 6-under, Robert McClellan of Butler Country Club was at 5-under and John Aubrey of Aubrey's Dudds Dred Golf Course at Butler was at 3-under.

Evans had six birdies (Nos. 3, 6, 8, 13, 14 and 18) and two bogeys (Nos. 12 and 15) during his round and finished with a 4-under 68. He had a 66 during round one.

"I played really good and almost hit every fairway," Evans said. "When I missed the fairway, I bogeyed.

"These greens are difficult to read. I missed a couple short birdie putts."

But the long one on No. 18 made up for those short misses.

Pillar was invited to play by Nemacolin Woodlands Director of Golf Dennis Clark. It is the second time he's played in the event.

"I had a rollercoaster four rounds last year," Pillar said. "This course is similar to my home course. It's a target golf course, so you're hitting to different points.

"I have game plan and I want to stick to it. I can't worry what Barry or the other golfers are doing."

Pillar followed his 68 on Sunday with a 6-under 66, the low round of the day, yesterday.

He has done most of his damage on the back nine where he's recorded nine of his 10 birdies. He has no bogeys in two rounds.

Ford, like Pillar, has been playing well since his front nine on Sunday. Ford was 2-over par through five holes on Sunday.

Since then Ford has played the past 31 holes at 12-under. Ford had a 69 on Sunday and a 68 yesterday.

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