Cancer survivor Dahmen takes 2nd round lead
American Joel Dahmen, playing in his second tournament since
finishing chemotherapy for testicular cancer, shot a 7-under 65
Friday to take the lead after the second round of the Dakota Dunes
Dahmen, of Clarkston, Wash., was diagnosed in March and had
surgery in May.
”I’m just happy to be playing, I really had no expectations
coming into this week,” said the 23-year-old who was at 12 under
132 for the tournament. ”Making bogeys doesn’t matter as much to
me this year as it did last year and I think it’s (cancer) helped
my perspective on life tremendously.”
Dahmen’s diagnosis came just one year after his brother was
diagnosed with the same ailment and six years after his mother
succumbed to another form of the deadly disease.
”It’s something that has run in the family and when I felt the
bump I knew what it was right away,” said Dahmen who only had to
endure one round of chemotherapy. ”Luckily we caught it quickly
and I’m expected to make a full recovery and I’m feeling pretty
good as it stands.”
Dahmen’s second round began with a bogey on the first hole, and
then he carded eight birdies in a 15-hole stretch to take the
Dahmen, whose best finish on the Canadian Tour came in Victoria
last season when he tied for seventh, is playing his 12th event on
tour and likes the way the course at Dakota Dunes is set up.
”There are a lot of birdies available out there,” said Dahmen
who has totaled 15 birdies over two rounds. ”I’ve been working on
my chipping and putting after last week and it paid off
Liam Kendregan of Danville, Calif., shot a 67 and fell one shot
behind Dahmen at 11-under. Kendregan is playing this season on a
medical exemption after sustaining injuries in a car accident last
”Taking the year off put things in perspective and I’m very
much enjoying being out here with the boys, it feels really good,”
the 28-year-old Kendregan said.
Kendregan, who went bogey-free Friday, said he will feel no
pressure playing in the final group on Saturday.
”I’m going to enjoy it, I’ve got two more rounds and I’m going
to see how low I can go,” he said. ”It’s going to be fun
Jose Rodriguez shot the best round of the day with a 9-under 63,
two shots off the course record set by Cody Slover last year.
Rodriguez was two shots back of Dahmen and just one behind
Canadian Isabelle Beisiegel struggled to a 4-over 76. Combined
with her opening 73, she finished seven shots off the cut.