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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – July 19 is a notable day for Jordan Hahn. Thursday provides the chance for him to add another special memory to the date.
One year to the day after shooting a tournament-record 61 in the second round of the 2017 Illinois State Amateur Championship, Hahn will tee off for the 36-hole final day of the 2018 iteration at Bloomington Country Club with a three-stroke lead. The Spring Grove native shot a 2-under 68 on Wednesday and sits 5-under overall for the championship, three shots clear of Jordan Harre, Mike Henry and Trent Wallace.
Hahn entered the rain-shortened final day of the 2017 tournament with a four-shot advantage, but a 1-over 71 resulted in him finishing as runner up by one stroke to Patrick Flavin. The University of Wisconsin rising senior hopes to put last year’s disappointment behind him.
“Obviously last year didn’t end up the way I wanted to, but it was still a good learning experience,” Hahn said. “Tomorrow is going to be a long day. My main plan is just to stick to what I’ve been doing the last two days. I feel like I have a good strategy on the golf course. I’m just going to stick to that, have fun and whatever happens, I can’t be too upset.”
Starting on No. 10, Hahn’s round began with a roller-coaster first nine holes that featured an eagle, two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey. He rebounded to play his final nine holes at 2-under, including a birdie on the 505-yard ninth.
“I hit one good and it carried over the bunker. The fairways are firm, so it ran out,” Hahn said of his 400-yard drive on his finishing hole.
“It’s obviously always good to finish your round off with a high note,” he added.
Harre, a Nashville native and recent Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville graduate, was the day’s big mover. He followed up an opening-round 73 with a 5-under 65, the low round of the tournament to this point.
“I hit the ball pretty well and I putted so much better,” Harre said of his round that featured seven birdies, including three-straight on his back nine.
Two players with local ties sit with Harre at 2-under in Henry and Wallace. Henry, who turned 50 earlier this month, is a Bloomington native, while Wallace is a rising senior and two-time Missouri Valley Conference individual champion at Illinois State University.
Included in the group of six players four shots off the lead at 1-under is Brian Ohr, who tallied six front-nine birdies en route to a 4-under 66. In all, 40 players made the cut at 5-over or better and will play 36 holes on Thursday. Tee times begin at 7 a.m., with the final group of Hahn and Wallace starting at 8:30 a.m. for the third round and 1 p.m. for the fourth round.
Flavin missed the cut at 7-over par, as did two-time champion Todd Mitchell. Quinlan Prchal, the 2012 winner, made the cut on the number.
QUOTES OF NOTE
Trent Wallace, -2 (69-69—138), on what he’s learned from being in contention on the final day in 2016 and 2017…
“I’ve learned that to win this tournament, you have to play your best golf. One hole is not going to dictate the tournament. Just stay steady, stay patient out there and play for par.”
Mike Henry, -2 (69-69—138), on being three shots back after a second consecutive 69…
“I couldn’t ask for more. This is a golf course that fits me pretty well. You don’t have to kill it to play well here. I’ve played smart all the way around. I didn’t make quite the putts I did. I probably hit it a little better today, but I didn’t make the putts I did yesterday.”
Brian Ohr, -1 (73-66—139), on bouncing back from an opening-round 73 with a 66 in the second round…
“I was just putting myself in better spots. The greens aren’t too big out here and the fairways are pretty narrow. I was in a lot of fairways, so once I did that, I was able to hit the greens and once I did that, birdie putts wouldn’t be that long, since the greens aren’t too big. I just put myself in good spots, kept my momentum going when I had it and just played a good round.
Charlie Nikitas, -1 (66-73—139), on still being in contention despite a 73 on Wednesday after being the first-round leader…
“My goal was just to give myself a chance come Thursday afternoon. Obviously not what I as looking for today, but I’m within striking distance and if I go put two good rounds together tomorrow, I should give myself a great chance.”