Turning Stone: Joey Sindelar happy heading into weekend

John Pitarresi

Joey Sindelar is looking forward to playing the Champions Tour next season, but he is taking good advantage of his one of his final shots on the PGA Tour.

Sindelar, who is 49 and only a few months away from being eligible for the over-50 tour, shot a second consecutive 68, is 8-under heading into the weekend at the inaugural Turning Stone Resort Championship at Atunyote Golf Club.

"I'm incredibly happy," Sindelar said. "I usually don't come out of a one-month slumber like this."

Sindelar, a seven-time winner on Tour, hadn't played in a month and had practiced just a few days before driving up from his Southern Tier home in Horsesheads to play at Atunyote.

Sindelar teed off in the morning Friday after an afternoon start Thursday, and he said that made things tougher, with dew and heavy air turning an 8-iron into a 6.

"I'm really, really happy to get out with a 68," he said.

One of Sindelar's four birds came at No. 17, a 478-yard par 4 that has been the fourth-toughest hole during the tournament. He birdied it Thursday, too, and not many guys have done that.

More impressively, Sindelar hasn't had a bogey in 36 holes, and he is superstitious about it.

"How about we quit talking about it?" he joked.

He had to make some tough putts to keep it that way.

"It took some small miracles to achieve it," he said.

David Branshaw of Oswego shot 71 Friday and made the cut at 5-under par.

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