NORTHEAST GLENDALE — With the weather and course conditions a bit more difficult to grasp, Donny Lee figured he would be in for a grind when he prepared to compete in the second round of the Southern California PGA Sectional Professional Championship on Tuesday afternoon at Oakmont Country Club.
Lee, an assistant professional at Oakmont, had to remain patient while battling the warmer temperatures, wind and pin placements dotting each of the 18 greens on the historic 88-year-old course.
Lee survived the grind, as he carded a two-over-par 73 to place him second entering today's final round.
Lee, who opened with a 70 on Monday, overcame each obstacle to put himself in contention to win the tournament.
"It was a total grind [Tuesday], and Monday was a lot easier," said Lee, who trailed Grant Strobel by three strokes. "My ball-striking wasn't all that good, especially early.
"I parred the 10th hole and then bogeyed 11 through 13. I had to suck it up at that point. I had to get on the greens and start making pars."