Harison Laskey retained the top spot on the Fayette County Open leaderboard, but a pair of former champions are nipping at his heels after the second round.

The defending champion shot a 2-over 73 Friday at Uniontown Country Club for a two-day total of 1-under 141.

Enslen gained four shots by posting a 2-under 69 for a two-round total of 142. Santino Marchitello also sits at 142 after shooting a 1-over 72 in the second round.

Also in the mix is another former champion with Pat Calvaresi alone in fourth place, trailing by three strokes with a 144.

The four-day tournament moves to Springdale Golf Club on Saturday, with the final round Sunday at Duck Hollow Golf Club.

Laskey said he wanted 18 birdie putts at Uniontown Country Club after closing the first round at Pleasant Valley Golf Club with a 3-under 68. The Mercyhurst and Laurel Highlands graduate said he came pretty close.

"I think I had 14 birdie putts. My putter was extremely close to being on fire, but it wasn't," said Laskey. "It was one of those days. I was off about an inch across the board. The way the course was set up it amplified that to the extreme."

Laskey didn't post any big numbers early on, nor did he have any birdies, until he was about to make the turn.

"I parred the first seven holes. That was a little disappointing," said Laskey. "I had a horrible, awful break on my second shot on No. 8. I got a bogey I didn't deserve. Then, I got bogey on No. 9.

"But, I kept it in control. I managed to keep it together for a one-stroke lead."

Enslen just plugged away through the second round, seeking the title he last won two years ago.

"It was the first putt. If I could not make it, I did not want to hit it four feet past the hole," Enslen said of his play on the greens. "But, I am very pleased with everything else. The conditions were not tough. The pins were tough.

"I played a good, solid round, nothing spectacular."

Marchitello felt he accomplished what he set out to do.

"I wanted to go out there, get it around the golf course and try to post a number today, and go into the weekend with a chance," explained Marchitello. "I had fun today. I had a good group (of playing partners)."

Marchitello joins Laskey and Enslen, who played in the same group in the first two rounds, in the final threesome of the third round.

"Jeremy and myself have played a ton of golf together," added Laskey.

"We get along great," said Marchitello. "If everyone gets in a groove, it's nice. It's fun to watch good golf. We like to be spectators of one another.

"It's so tight. I know I'm going to make mistakes. I'll see how I bounce back. I need to get in good position and hope the putts go in."

"It's going to come down to Sunday," said Enslen. "You have to have patience. You can't let it get to you.

"I always like being in the last group."

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