Mississippi State University’s Austin Vukovits posted back-to-back rounds of 67 at the Indiana Amateur Championship at the Country Club of Indianapolis to grab a one-shot lead over Noah Gillard of Illinois University.
“I got off to a hot start,” Vukovits said. “I shot 31 on the front side and got some putts to fall today. The wind picked up on the back nine, but I was able to make some solid pars.”
Vukovits took an aggressive route on the tight, tree-lined golf course, but never wavered.
“I took driver off the tee a lot the last two days, and it really worked out,” Vukovits said. “I feel like my game is still trending up and it would be really nice to cap it off with a victory tomorrow.”
Gillard found himself in second place heading into today’s round, and heads to tomorrow in the same position at 5-under-par. Unlike Vukovits, Gillard’s played more conservatively, which also worked in his favor.
“I’ve been taking a lot of driving irons off the tee and trying not to make anything worse than bogey,” said Gillard. “My plan tomorrow is to stay patient. All I could ask for heading to tomorrow was to be in contention.”
Ty Gingerich from the University of Cincinnati will join Vukovits and Gillard in tomorrow’s final group. He is currently 3-under-par, tied with Jeff Doty of Kansas University, and defending Indiana Amateur Champion, Joe Weiler of Purdue University.
Weiler came from behind, starting the day at even par, and carding 67 to get back in the mix. He looks to make history tomorrow, and join a group of only 15 players to ever win the State Am back-to-back years.
“If I can get the putter going for 18 holes and make a couple more good swings, I think I’ll have a chance,” Weiler said. “I don’t want to get second.”
2015 Indiana Amateur Champion, Sean Rowen of Greenwood, is currently sixth at 2-under-par.
After today’s round the field was cut to the lower 60 players, including ties, at 12-over-par, 152.
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