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Jecklin tops crowded Illinois Mid-Am board with 1 round left
Zach Jecklin (Illinois Golf Association photo)
Zach Jecklin (Illinois Golf Association photo)

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. (Aug. 27, 2018) – Despite high winds and intense heat, nine players sit under par following Monday’s first two rounds of the 26th Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship at Glen Oak Country Club. Zach Jecklin of Chicago leads at 4 under overall, with a trio of others one stroke back entering Tuesday’s final round.

Jecklin’s 6-under 66 in the morning was the lowest round of any golfer in the 72-player field. The 32-year-old tallied eight birdies, including a stretch of three straight at Nos. 13-15. Despite notching a 2-over 74 in the afternoon, which was marred by a double bogey on the par-3 16th, the State Mid-Am rookie is pleased with the position he is in following the first day of competition.

“The first round was a lot more fun than the second,” Jecklin said. “I made about a million feet of putts.

“I’m certainly happy with 4 under as the total,” Jecklin added. “I would have preferred a little something lower on the second 18, but all-in-all, I’m happy with where I stand. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Jecklin’s playing partners for the final 18 holes will be Matt Considine, also of Chicago, and 2014 Illinois State Mid-Amateur winner Andrew Price of Lake Bluff, who both of whom are tied for second at 3 under alongside and Logan Stauffer. Considine, Price and Stauffer all stayed in the red on Monday, which is particularly impressive considering wind gusts that reached upwards of 25 miles per hour.

“The wind totally changes this course,” Considine said. “Even on the greens today, once it really started blowing in the afternoon, you’d have to take wind in to consideration.”

Five-time State Mid-Am winner Todd Mitchell is three shots back at 1 under overall after rounds of 70 and 73. Defending champion Greg Bauman and two-time State Mid-Am victor John Ehrgott are T15 at 2 over.

Thomas Brennan notched the shot of the day, holing out his tee shot on the 200-yard third for an ace. He’s even par overall, four shots behind Jecklin. `

ABOUT THE Illinois Mid-Amateur

Open to mid-amateurs age 25 and older who are resident of the state of Illinois. Qualifying is required for those who do not meet the exemption criteria. Format is 54-holes of stroke play with the low 35 and ties advancing to the final 18-holes.

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