Hahn finds familiar feeling with 36-hole Illinois Am lead
18 Jul 2018
see also: Illinois State Amateur Championship, Mistwood Golf Club

Jordan Hahn (CDGA photo)
Jordan Hahn (CDGA photo)

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (July 18, 2018) – 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.

ABOUT THE Illinois State Amateur

Must be a resident of the state of Illinois and advance through an 18-hole qualifier prior to the event. Format is 72-holes of stroke play over three days. The low 35 after round 2 will advance to the 36-hole final day.

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