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Posted on: Thursday, February 1, 2001

Zimmerman opens 5-shot lead in Pro Tour golf

Advertiser Staff

Alan Zimmerman fired a 5-under-par 67 yesterday to open a five-stroke lead after two rounds of Pro Tour Hawaii’s third event at the Big Island Country Club in Kailua-Kona.

Zimmerman, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has a 36-hole total of 11-under 133.

"I attribute my success to a change in my attitude," said Zimmerman. "I no longer let the things I can’t control bother me. In the past I’ve let bad bounces, spike marks, and things like that get to me. I’m just not going to let that happen anymore."

Honolulu’s Gregory Meyer shot his second 3-under 69 and is tied for second with Iowa City’s Jeffrey Schmid (70) at 138. Jim Johnson, of Boone, N.C., is another shot back at 69-139.

"There are 36 holes left to play, so it’s a little early for me to talk about bringing home the trophy," said Meyer, who finished third and tied for 14th in the first two events. "I’m just going to play conservatively and try to keep my ball out of trouble. If Alan keeps shooting like he has been, he deserves to win."

Chris Zambri, of Camarillo, Calif., who won last week’s second event at Waikoloa Village, shot a 71 and is at 141. Hilo’s Kevin Hayashi, who won the first event two weeks ago at Waimea Country Club, struggled to a 76 yesterday and is at 146.

This is the third of 10 tournaments on the Pro Tour Hawaii circuit. Each tournament has a total purse of $100,000.

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