Rubinsak-Keels hold slim lead at Slavic Tournament

Josh Lampley
Josh Lampley Sun Herald file

Gilbert Rubinsak and Jamie Keels fired a 9-under-par 63 at the 43rd annual Slavic Invitational Tournament on Saturday at Sunkist.

Rubinsak-Keels’ total of 124 gives them a one shot lead. Josh Lampley and Colin Speirs have never won the Slavic, but this year might be their year after a sparkling 11-under 61 at Sunkist that ended with an eagle 3 on the par-5 18th hole. Ethan Smith and John Boothby are two shots back (126) after an equally impressive 61 at Sunkist.

“It felt good from the start since I made birdie on 1, and then we traded birdies after that,” said Rubinsak. The due birdied 5, 6, 7, and 8 to make the turn at -5 and then shot four under on the back nine. “We teamed up together very well. We had some holes where one of us was out and the other carried the team,” added the 38-year old.

Added Keels: ‘We played pretty good, but we brother-in-lawed pretty well. I birdied 12, 13, and 18, and Gilbert made birdie on 14. We missed a great opportunity on 15 when we didn’t make birdie on the par 5, but I like where we are.”

The long-hitting Speirs launched a 7-iron on the par-5 that landed 8 feet from the hole. They battled with the team of Steve Wilson and Keith Fayyad all day. Wilson and Fayyad shot 62 Saturday.

“It was exciting to end on an eagle,” said Lampley. “It was a left-to-righter that went in dead center. Keith shot 72 today and made some great birdies. He hit it to a foot on number 12.”

George Byrd and Nick Beale are lurking at 126 after a 64 at Sunkist.

“It wasn’t great golf,” said Beale. “George played well today. He hit it to a foot on 10, and we birdied all the par-5’s. We didn’t do anything spectacular, and we didn’t make any putts. I figure we’ll be two or three back, and that’s doable at Fallen Oak.”

Brian Leach and Eric Roberts followed a brilliant 61 with a 66 in round two to stand in fifth place with Allen Waggoner -Larry Waggoner and Steven Bozeman-Warren Hood at 127.

The teams of Steve Wilson-Keith Fayard, Todd Nace-Mike Pizzatola and Pual Coulthurst-Casey Almond were at 128. Former champions Brandon Laird and Scott Jackson are at 129 following a 64.

The Championship Flight and a crowded leaderboard will head to Fallen Oak Sunday for the final round.