Sanchez carries advantage into final round

LAKE PLACID – Javier Sanchez doubled his first round lead Thursday at the Adirondack Senior Open golf tournament to take a four-shot advantage over Tim Balmer going into today’s final 18 holes.

Sanchez, of Fayetteville, Ga., shot 2-under-par 69 on a warm, comfortable day at the Whiteface Club. The leader opened with a 65 for a two-shot edge, but had to overcome bogeys on the first and third holes Thursday. He rebounded with four birdies the rest of the way for a two-day total of 8-under par 134.

Balmer raced out of the gate with birdies on the first two holes, but could not convert on a number of close-in birdie opportunities thereafter. The North Lauderdale, Fla. golfer parred the final 16 holes for his second consecutive 69 and a 36-hole score of 138.

Tim Conley, of Braselton, Ga., trailed Sanchez by two strokes entering the second round, but got derailed by double bogeys on the sixth and seventh holes. Conley rallied with three birdies over the final eight holes for 1-over-par 72. With his first round 67, Conley is tied for third at 139 with Barry Conser and Jim Chancey.

Conser, of Scottsdale, Ariz., has posted a 72 and a 67, and Chancey, of Kissimmee, Fla., has scores of 70 and 69. Gary Odom, of Greenwood, S.C. is sixth at 140 after back-to-back rounds of 70.

Five-time PGA Tour winner Danny Edwards, also of Scottsdale, had the round of the day, a 5-under par 66, highlighted by three straight birdies to conclude his day. Edwards is at even par for two trips around the tight Whiteface Club track.

Final round action began today at 8 a.m. Spectators are encouraged to attend. There is no admission fee.