Tony Perla of LedgeRock carded an eagle and five birdies Wednesday in firing a 7-under-par 64 at Laurel Creek Country Club to take a 5-stroke lead after two rounds of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship.
Perla finished 36 holes at 8-under 133 counting his rounds at par-71 Laurel Creek in Mount Laurel and par-70 Burlington Country Club in Westampton Township. Perla eagled the par-5 fifth hole and recorded birdies at the third, eighth, ninth, 10th and 18th holes to take command in the chase for the $8,000 first prize.
Defending champion Jordan Gibbs of Gulph Mills birdied his first three holes at Burlington but played even par golf the rest of the way for a 67 that put him in second place at 138.
First-round co-leader Brendon Post of the University of Delaware double-bogeyed the par-5 14th hole at Burlington for a 72 and dropped into a third-place tie at 140 with two-time champion Terry Hertzog. Hertzog shot a 68 at Laurel Creek.
Applebrook’s Dave McNabb, coming off playing for the United States team in last week’s PGA Cup in England, fired a 68 at Burlington and moved into a tie for fifth at 141 with Dave Quinn of Philmont, who shot a 70 at Laurel Creek.
A total of 65 players who shot 152 or lower advanced to Thursday’s final round at Laurel Creek. The top 13 finishers qualify for the 2018 PGA Professional Championship in Seaside, Calif.