Going low: 25 players under par after second round of RMO

Nathaniel Goddard chips onto the 18th green, his ninth hole, at Tiara Rado Golf Course on Saturday in the second round of the Rocky Mountain Open. Goddard shot an even-par 71 and is five under for the tournament, nine shots behind leader Justin Kelley.



As temperatures crept toward the mid-90s on Saturday, the play at the Rocky Mountain Open was even hotter.

With 25 golfers shooting under par after two rounds of the RMO, and 13 of those at five-under par or better, the competition has really heated up going into the today’s final round.

All three days of the tournament are at Tiara Rado Golf Course this year. In the past, either The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa or Bookcliff Country Club hosted the second round.

Justin Keiley continued his torrid play, torching the Tiara Rado course with an 8-under-par 63 one day after shooting a 65.

The golfer from Haiku, Hawaii, now has a five-shot lead at 14-under 128.

Keiley finished with eight birdies and is the only player in the tournament to not have a bogey after the first two rounds.

Richard Gaona from Gilbert, Arizona, is second at 133 after a second-round 65.

A group of six are eight strokes back at 136, and still hold some hope of mounting what would be a major comeback today to claim the title.

Chris Evans and Ed Olson each shot a 66 on Saturday and are tied with Jere Pelletier, Scott Smith, Taylor Montgomery and John Buffalo at 136.

The top eight golfers are all from outside of Colorado.

A pair of Colorado golfers lead a group of five at 5-under.

Nate Barbee of Aspen rebounded with a 65 after starting the tournament with a 72. He’s at 137 along with Nathaniel Goddard of Fort Collins who shot a 71 on Saturday.

Also at 137 are Ryan Wallen, Ethan Freeman and Monte Montgomery.

Saturday’s play was much better than the opening round. Twenty-seven golfers shot under par after 16 carded an under-par score on the first day.

In the amateur tournament, Dillon Stewart is at 134 and has a three-shot lead over Glenn Workman.

Quintin Pope and Joel Perez are at 138.

Thirteen amateurs shot under par Saturday.


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