Newton Kansan

WICHITA — Just nine strokes separate the second-day leader of the Air Capital Classic and those who just made the cut.

Nathan Tyler of Tucson, Ariz., shot a 65 Friday for a 10-under par 132 after two days of play. Tyler leads Thursday's first-round leader Alex Prugh and Jace Long of Dixon, Mo., by two strokes.

Six players are tied for fourth at 135. The cut (top 60 and ties) for the tournament was 141.

Tyler is a 2007 graduate of the University of Arizona. He is making his ninth Tour appearance. His best Tour finish was at the 2010 Wichita Open, where he tied for 23rd.

“It’s great,” Tyler said. “This is my first tournament out here this year. I’m happy to be here and hope to keep it going on the weekend.”

Tyler got into the tournament on a sponsor's exemption. He has three wins on the All-American Gateway Tour, which is considered a notch below the tour. He has three wins in 11 events on the All-American Gateway Tour. This is his first event of the season.

Tyler had just one bogey Friday, the fourth hole. He shot birdies on three, six, seven, 14 through 16 and 18.

“(The back nine) is just an easier nine for me; maybe the holes fit my eye better,” Tyler said. “There are a lot of birdies on that side so I just need to survive the front nine and take care of the back nine.”

Prugh had two birdies and two bogies in his second round for an even-par 71, eight strokes higher than Thursday. Prugh had seven more putts in his second round.

“I kept giving myself good opportunities but it felt like there was saran wrap over the cup,” Prugh said. “I hit them on the lines I wanted to they just didn’t go in. Sometimes they do that.”

Long had a second-round score of 63, which was the low score of the day and matched Prugh's first-round. Long had a bogey-free round with eight birdies. Long was an open qualifier, finishing tied for third at Sand Creek Station.

The third round begins at 6:57 a.m. today, with the final group scheduled to tee off at noon. The tee times were moved up to avoid possible inclement weather.