Brett Viboch proved his Day 1 lead was no fluke, and Jay Osmon had a flourish for the ages on a deceptively inviting Saturday for the pros at Hillcrest Golf Club.Viboch shot a 65 to follow Friday's 67, to nobody's greater surprise than his own.
"I knew I could, but I really wasn't expecting it," Viboch said. "I got a very poor night's sleep (Friday) night, and I showed up and I was terrible at the range and just felt really weak and lethargic."
Viboch's two-day total of 132 not only gives him a three-stroke lead at 10 under, it means any round under par today will beat Tom Kalinowski's record Navajo Trail Open score of 203.
Viboch birdied five holes from No. 6 to No. 11 to reach 6 under, then kept his foot on the gas.
"My putter was hot again," Viboch said. "I was using my length to overpower holes when it called for it and then playing smart when it called for that too.
"Going into this, I heard the greens were very tricky, very fast. After one round on the practice green, I was pretty intimidated by the greens, but they roll perfect. If you hit it on line with good speed, it's going to go in the hole."
While one record sits in peril, another got a close break Saturday.
Osmon, from Alamosa, shot a tournament record-tying 63 despite an errant second shot on 17 that hit a tree and never emerged, leading to a double bogey.
"I got off to a quick start," Osmon said. He wasn't kidding.
"I chipped in for eagle on (No. 1), birdied (No. 2), chipped in for birdie on (No. 3), and almost holed out on (No. 4), made birdie there, parred (No. 5), then birdied (No. 6)."
The former champ is second alone in the pro flight at 6 under after a first-day 72.
Fort Lewis College player Luke Tanner continued to lead the amateur division, falling off the pace of his opening day 66 but still carding a 70 for an overall total of 6-under and a six-stroke lead in the Championship Flight.
"Anything outside of five feet, I couldn't make it," Tanner said.
"I could've done better, but that's what they make tomorrow for."
Micah Rudosky, who putts lefty and swings righty, correcting a previous Durango Herald report, shot a 67 on Day 2 to reserve a spot in today's leader's group at minus 5.
The Cortez pro birdied the first two holes, making a 35-footer on No. 2, and did not record a bogey.
"I made some nice saves," Rudosky said. "I'm real happy with it."
Ex-FLC player Jeremy Lederer shot a 65 to tie Arizona's Josh Wilks at 4 under, putting the cherry on top with a huge swinging putt on the 18th.
"That thing must've broke 12 feet," Lederer said. "Not a putt you'd expect to make, but boy is it cool to see it go in.
"I've been playing good, just haven't really put it together in a tournament yet," said Lederer, who was 6-under par on the back. "I've had some good practice rounds. It was nice to be able to put one together in competition."
University of Colorado standout Pat Grady shot a 69 for a 139, but still felt betrayed by his putting.
"I'm still in contention, that's the fortunate part, but 65 is out there so easy," Grady said. "It's really about a par 67 out here. I've gotta figure it out (Sunday) and make some putts."
Bobby Kalinowski also shot a 69 to move up to 2 under, but felt he missed some opportunities.
"It was kind of up-and-down, I never got it going too much," Kalinowski said. "I made enough birdies, just too many bogeys."
Grady's fellow teammate at the University of Colorado (the duo rank No. 2 and No. 3 in Colorado's all-time stroke average, ahead of No. 4 Hale Irwin), Derek Tolan moved into a long-shot chance at contention with a 68 for a 1 under two-round total.
"I came out (Saturday) a little more focused and in the present," Tolan said. "I didn't play that well, but I still got a good score."
Remington Post, playing his first pro tournament after a six-month layoff in which he'd given up on pro golf and worked in Phoenix at a golf course, followed his first-day 67 with a 74 to tie Tolan, hanging tough after a bad start.
"I had a three-putt, hit the ball in the water on (No. 3), made double. Other than that, I played really good. I'm playing good, I've just got to make a few more putts."
Post said he reached a new level with his game after rededicating himself to a pro career.
"I've been working really hard on it," Post said. "Going to the gym, quit smoking cigarettes, doing what everybody else does. You have to do it. Once I finally got that going for myself, my attitude changed a little bit, and that's why I expect to win."