New Yorkers Kay, Fries lead John R. Williams after two rounds

After two rounds at Oak Hill Country Club, the senior four-ball team of Bob Royak and Doug Hanzel are beginning to pull away. The Georgia twosome followed an opening 63 with a second-round 67 Friday at the John R. Williams Invitational, and will take a four-shot cushion into the final round.

In the mid-amateur division, meanwhile, things are a little bit tighter. Andrew Kay and David Fries, from Pittsford and Penfield, N.Y., respectively, lead with an 8-under 132. Two more teams are within two shots, however.

Kay and Fries overtook the Toronto-based twosome of Craig Hosie and Harris Bundy in the second round. After opening with 64, Hosie and Bundy came back with 70 to lose some ground.

There were three rounds of 66 on Friday, which was the low number of the day. Stephen Hale and D.J. Fernando, both of Bakersfield, Calif., posted a 66 that carried them into second place, sandwiched between Kay/Fries and Hosie/Bundy.

Daniel Licursi and Chris Kamin, of Chandler and Phoenix, Ariz., also had that number and that team is tied for fourth. So did the Chicago-based team of Kyle Moran and Charlie Waddell. They are tied for sixth.

Notably, 2015 champions Simon McInnis and Garrett Rank of Toronto followed an opening 67 with a second-round 72 to drop to 1 under and into a tie for 13th.

As for the senior division, Royak and Hanzel will be looking to hold onto their advantage in the third and final round. Their closest pursuers are Keith Holmes and Gay McMichael, another Georgia-based team, at 8 under after rounds of 65-69.