Fox in control

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

Mitchell Fox was able to keep it together despite getting pulled off the course twice at the Sun Life Financial Men's Alberta Amateur Golf Championships yesterday in Fort McMurray.

The Okotoks native, who plays out of the River's Edge Golf Club, had his second round delayed twice due to rain, forcing him stop on the fourth hole then again on 18.

'IT'S TOUGH'

"The first one was a couple of hours and the second one wasn't very long," Fox said. "It's one of the tougher things in golf but you have to try and deal with that.

"It's tough because you know there are guys who are done and they're eating and stuff and talking about their round and you still have to go back out there.

"You can't really relax as much as they are.

"All you're doing while you're inside is thinking about your next shot and how hard it's going to be, which is not a good thing," he said.

Despite the delays, Fox, 19, shot an even-par 72 at the Fort McMurray Golf Club to keep him atop the leader board after two rounds at four-under.

Mitch Evanecz, 21, of the Red Deer Golf and Country Club, sits two strokes back after shooting a two-under 70 yesterday.

"I felt pretty good out there, I probably hit the ball better then I did (Tuesday)," Fox said. "I felt good putting but I left a couple of them a little short.

"That was the biggest problem."

NATIONAL JUNIOR CHAMP

Fox, who's twice won the Alberta junior championship and last year claimed the Canadian junior title, expects to turn pro next season.

Yesterday, he ran into trouble at the par-5 11th where he double-bogeyed.

"I hit it in the trees on a layup shot," he said. "It was just an awful swing. But that was the one bad hole in the entire round."

With two rounds left in the tournament, Fox is in the driver's seat looking to maintain his consistent form.

"You have to stay patient and in the moment and not worry about what everyone else is doing," he said.

"It's easy once you start playing with guys that can shoot the same scores as you to worry about what they're doing.

"But you're better off just worrying about yourself like you did the first couple of days."


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