GREENSBORO, N.C. — Day two of the Cardinal Amateur saw much higher scores than the first round. But this year's Rice Planters Amateur champion William Rainey took advantage of the tough play and moved into the lead with a second-round 69.
The tournament, being played for the 38th time, was notably cancelled during the off-season before being brought back to life in January.
Rainey, a College of Charleston junior from Charlotte, N.C., posted 70 in the opening round and trailed leader Davis Womble by four. But after seven rounds in the 60s were carded on Friday, only Rainey's 69 was good enough to be in red numbers at the par-70 course on Saturday.
Womble, a senior at Wake Forest, shot 78 in the second round and fell back into a tie for ninth, five strokes behind Rainey.
Four players are tied for second place at even-par 140, including James Madison golfer Ryan Cole and University of Richmond sophomore Matthew Lowe.
The final round will conclude the event Sunday at Sedgefield Country Club, a Pete Dye design.