PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Former Madison Cub Blair Shadday carded an even-par 72 Friday to stand at two-under-par and eight strokes back at the midway point of 36th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship.

Shadday, a 1998 graduate of Madison who is now the first assistant pro at Purgatory Golf Club in Fishers, followed Thursday's two-under 70 with a 72 on Friday to make his first cut in the event in three career appearances.

Shadday's round included five birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey five on the par-3 fourth hole where he hit his tee shot into a greenside bunker, left his recovery shot in the rough and two putted. Shadday hit 10-of-14 fairways and 13-of-18 greens in regulation but needed 31 putts despite holing a pitch shot for a birdie two on the par-three 11th hole.

Shadday, who missed the cut at the PGA Assistant Championship in 2009 and 2011, trails championship rookie Jake Scott of Strongsville, Ohio, by eight strokes. Scott carded a second-round, 7-under-par 65 for a 134 total to top the leaderboard - one-stroke better than first-round leader Ryan Vermeer of Omaha, Neb., who shot a 69 in the second round for a 135 total.

At the conclusion of Friday's play, the field was reduced to the low 70 scorers and ties, with 72 players making the cut at 6-over-par 150.

One of the players who missed the cut was fellow Indiana pro Andrew Stolze of Brownsburg, an assistant pro at Country Club of Indianapolis who followed Thursday's 85 with a 77 on Friday to close out his tourney at 13-over-par.

The 2012 field features the top four finishers from last year's Championship as well as 122 players who advanced through their PGA Section Championships.

The winner will take home $9,000 out of a $100,000 purse and a spot in the 46th PGA Professional National Championship, June 23-26, 2013, at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort.