HALIFAX – After a tough start to the opening round, Truro’s Eric Banks bounced back early on Friday morning, but it just wasn’t enough.
Despite improving his round by four strokes and shooting even for the day, Banks did not make the cut at the Nova Scotia Open – his first Web.com Tour Event.
Banks got off to a fine start, with three birdies on the front nine, including back-to-back birds on holes four and five. He’d bogey number eight before birdying again on nine to take a 2-under into the back half at Ashburn.
After a bogey on 13, Banks bounced back with a birdie on 14, before things started coming undone. He’d bogey the next three holes, dropping back to even for the day and 4-over for the tournament.
After two rounds, the cut line was drawn at even par. Canadian Roger Sloan tied for the lead after day two, shooting a second round 65 – two strokes better than his previous day. Jose deJesus Rodriguez, who held a two-stroke lead after the first, shot a 69 on the day. Both are tied at 10-under.
Adam Svensson, the other golfer to get an amateur exception, finished tied with Banks at 4-over.
Banks notched five birdies on Friday, en route to shooting a 71 for the round. In contrast, Rodriguez drained three birdies while maintaining a share of the lead.
Tee times for round three at Ashburn kick off at 12 noon, with Sloan and Rodriguez hitting the field at 2:10 p.m.