By Jim Henry
Globe Sports Editor
Kyle Long is difficult to beat on his home course, and Sunday was no exception.
Long shot a 2-over-par — low round of the day — at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club and opened a three-stroke lead after two rounds of the 40th Joplin Globe City Championship.
Briarbrook teammates Doug Harvey and Les Taylor matched 3-over 75s on Sunday, and they share the top spot in the Seniors Division at 151.
Briarbrook maintained first place in both team competitions, although its lead decreased in the Junior Division and ballooned in the Seniors Division.
Briarbrook’s juniors have a 776 total, followed by Joplin Golf Club 786 and Twin Hills 797. Twin Hills shot 397 on Sunday, JGC 397 and Briarbrook 400.
Briarbrook’s seniors shot 391 on Sunday for a 773 total, followed by Twin Hills 819 and Joplin Golf Club 826. Twin Hills had a five-man total of 402 in the second round, and JGC posted its second 413.
The final round of the 54-hole event will be played Saturday at Schifferdecker Municipal Golf Course, the home layout for the Joplin Golf Club.
Long, who shot a first-round 72 Saturday at Briarbrook, had eight pars and a birdie-4 on No. 7 for a front-nine 35. He was 2-under after a birdie-4 on 10, but he double-bogeyed the par-3 No. 11 and bogeyed 12 and 14 before finishing with four pars.
Mark Bruder of Briarbrook, the first-round co-leader, shot 77 and is second at 149, followed by Cory Clingan of Briarbrook with 76-150 and Andrew Maier of Joplin Golf Club 77-151.
Two-time defending champion Evan Wood of Twin Hills was fifth with 157, followed by three JGC players — Anthony Fink at 159 and Justin Nichols and Glen Keeton at 160. Ben Starkey of Twin Hills was at 161, and a tie at 162 involved Briarbrook’s Steve Thomas and Andy Pochik and JGC’s Shane Delmez.
At the top of the Seniors Division, Harvey and Taylor each carded two 38s for their 76s.
Harvey had eight pars and a double-bogey on the second hole on the front side. He birdied the 10th hole but then bogeyed the next three holes.
Taylor, the defending champion and playing in the final group, made 14 pars and bogeys on 4, 6, 14 and 15.
Bill Curry of the Joplin Golf Club, the first-round leader after a 74, slipped into third place with 155 as his second-round 81 required 38 putts. Dan Tourtelot of Briarbrook and Bob McKay of Twin Hills were tied for fourth at 159, one shot ahead of Briarbrooks’ Keith Phillips and Jim Lucas.
Completing the top 10: Don Yocum of Twin Hills at 161, Mike Samuelson of Briarbrook at 162 and Dave Tourtelot of Briarbrook, Jeff Schilling of Twin Hills and Mike Maier of JGC at 163.