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HOMEWOOD, Ill. - The 87th Illinois State Amateur Championship at Calumet Country Club saw a 20-year old autograph his name in two record books, as Jordan Hahn (Spring Grove) fired a 9-under par 61 in the second round on Wednesday. The 61 is the lowest round in Illinois State Amateur Championship history and bests the previous course record of 62 at Calumet, which opened in 1901.
“It’s one of those rounds where the pros talk about being in the zone,” Hahn, a rising junior at the University of Wisconsin, said of his historic day. “I just felt comfortable over the ball. I felt confident and just freed myself up and was happy with whatever the result was because I knew I was committed to the shot.”
Hahn’s round got off to a fast start with birdies at four of the first five holes, but officially shifted into overdrive at the par-3 sixth. His 7-iron off the tee at the 210-yard hole one-hopped into the hole for Hahn’s second career hole-in-one—both in competitive rounds.
“It was a little downwind, it landed 3 feet short of the hole, jumped up and looked from the tee like I jarred it,” Hahn noted. “I just threw my hands up—my first (hole-in-one), I didn’t see go in, so it was pretty cool to see this one go in.”
Hahn followed up the ace with a birdie at the seventh, making the turn at a 7-under 28.
On the back nine, Hahn poured in birdies at the 11th, 13th and 14th to get to 10-under par and officially put the golfing world on “59 watch.” After making par at the 15th, Hahn’s 20-foot birdie putt at the 16th stopped one rotation shy of falling. Still at 10-under, Hahn’s first misstep of the day occurred on the 17th, when his tee shot sliced right, caught a tree and fell in a stream. After scrambling for bogey, his tee shot on the 18th sailed left and settled behind a tree. Hahn was able to collect himself, put his second shot over a pine tree and onto the back of the green, then two-putted to finish the record-breaking 61.
“I hit it well off the tee, I was aggressive all day long,” Hahn added. “I just hit driver everywhere. I was hitting it well, so it paid off. I was hitting wedges into the green.”
With Hahn leading at 11-under par 129 through 36 holes, he holds a four-shot lead over first round co-leader Patrick Flavin (Highwood) and Zach Burry (Quincy). Flavin shot an even-par 70 to back his 63 from Tuesday, while Burry shot a 2-under 68. Downstate mid-amateurs Derek Meinhart (Mattoon) and Mike Cushing (Bloomington) are tied for fourth, five shots back of the leader, while first round co-leader Trent Wallace (Joliet) slipped to sixth after a 72.
Quinlan Prchal (Glenview), the 2012 champ, is tied for seventh at 4-under, while two-time champion Todd Mitchell (Bloomington) is in a tie for 24th at 1-over par. 2014 winner Raymond Knoll (Naperville) made the cut on the number at 3-over 143, in a tie for 30th.
The low 35 and ties—40 golfers in all—made the cut, advancing to Thursday’s 36-hole final day. The third round of the Championship begins at 7 a.m., with the final round commencing at 11:30 a.m. The final pairing of Hahn and Flavin will begin their rounds at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Calumet Country Club.