Roberto Castro came one stroke shy of a 36-hole scoring record, but his 8-under-par 63 today at Crestview Country Club moved him to the top of the leaderboard at the Wichita Open.
Castro, 25, climbed to 15-under 127 — one off 2008 champion Scott Piercy's two-round total — for a two-shot lead over Steven Bowditch after the completion of the morning flight. The top 60 and ties after today's round will advance to the weekend rounds on Crestview's North course.
Castro won a playoff in a Monday qualifier to get into last week's Cox Classic in Omaha. After tying for 16th at Champions Run, Castro, a former All-American at Georgia Tech, earned a spot in the Wichita Open.
He fired a bogey-free 64 in Thursday's opening round, then followed it with eight birdies and no bogeys in the second round. Castro's round matched the score posted Thursday by first-round leader Matt Davidson. Jin Park and Nathan Tyler also shot 63s this morning.
Bowditch, an Australian who matched Castro's 64 on Thursday, shot a 6-under 65 in the second round to get to 13 under. Paul Claxton and Park were tied for third at 10 under with 78 golfers in the afternoon flight still on the course.