NCAA champ Peterson grows N'wide lead to 3

LSU senior John Peterson after shooting 65 Wednesday at the NCAA Championship.

LSU senior John Peterson after shooting 65 Wednesday at the NCAA Championship.

NCAA champion John Peterson proved Friday that Thursday’s opening round wasn’t a fluke. Peterson shot 67 Friday at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Classic in Columbus, Ohio, to take a three-shot lead through weather-delayed Round 2.

Peterson, who won the NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek in June, recently graduated from LSU, but has remained amateur with hopes of making the U.S. Walker Cup team. Peterson also won February’s Jones Cup in a playoff over Jordan Spieth, who will compete in the finals of Saturday’s U.S. Junior Amateur.

Peterson got off to a shaky start, making a double bogey at the par-4 second. But he was rock solid on the way in, making six birdies and zero bogeys in his final 16 holes.

Brian Smock, Brett Wetterich and recent Georgia grad Harris English make up a three-way tie for second. English, who also remained amateur to play in the Walker Cup, won last week’s Southern Amateur at Innisbrook.

Daniel Summerhays won the Columbus Nationwide Tour stop as an amateur in 2007. Recent Georgia grad Russell Henley, who is not in the field, won the Nationwide Tour's Athens Stadion Classic as an amateur earlier this year.

Peterson and English were invited into the field after being named first-team Division I All-Americans this season. Peter Uihlien of Oklahoma State was also invited. Uihlein, the reigning U.S. Amateur champ, was 4 under through 16 holes when play was suspended. He is 6 under for the tournament and tied for seventh.

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