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Braden Bailey on track to make Stage 2 of Korn Ferry qualifier

A two-under-par 70 Wednesday on the Player Course at The Woodlands kept Braden Bailey in good shape to advance from the Korn Ferry Tour Stage 1 qualifier.

Bailey, who needs to finish in the top 23 to move on to Stage 2, is currently tied for seventh place at 138. He started the day tied for fourth after an opening round of 68.

Chris Corte of Littleton, Colorado, is the 36 hole leader at 133 after shooting a 65 on Tuesday. Brandon Pierce of Covington, Louisiana is second at 135. Bailey’s former Baylor teammate Garrett May is tied for third at 136 after shooting 65.

All that really matters for Bailey is placing in the top 23. With 36 holes to play, it took a score of 141 to be in the top 23.

Bailey started his day on the back nine with a bogey at 10. He got even with a birdie at 14 and added another at 16. But a bogey at 18 dropped him back to even par at the turn. He birdied the two par 5s on the front — No. 2 and No. 7 — to shot 34 on that side.

Former Lamar golfer MJ Daffue, the first day leader at 65, slipped to 73 and was tied with Bailey.