CHESTERTON, IN (July 26, 2018) - For the second straight day at the Northern Amateur, the leaderboard was packed at the top, as no one was able to separate themselves from the field.
Friday's final round at Sand Creek Country Club looks to be a true shootout, with perhaps two dozen players still with a chance to win. 25 players are within five shots of the lead.
Ball State University teammates Keegan Bronnenberg (Muncie, IN) and Tyler Green (Columbia City, IN) share the lead at 5-under 139, along with Zinyo Garcia of Australia.
First-round leaders Thomas Allkins (Keller, TX) and Kyle Flexsenhar (Bloomington, IL) both shot even par on Thursday to stay at 4 under and fall into a tie for fourth with Daniel Gurtner (Fort Worth, TX) of TCU.
Six players are tied for seventh at 3 under, with four more at 2 under and five more at 1 under.
As on day one, the low round was a 68, shot by three players.
ROUND ONE RECAP
The first round did little to separate the field at the Northern Amateur at Sand Creek Country Club, with red numbers in abundance but no one able to build a lead.
Four players share the lead with rounds of 4-under 68. Texas Tech sophomore Thomas Allkins (Keller, TX), Northwestern junior Everton Hawkins (Irvine, CA), Ball State junior Keegan Bronnenberg (Muncie, IN), and University of South Florida junior Kyle Flexsenhar (Lake Mary, FL) will go into the second round as the co-leaders, but even a slight slip-up will put them right back in the middle of the field.
That's because over two dozen players are right on their heels. Four more players shot 3-under 69 on Wednesday, with six at 2-under 70, nine at 1-under 71, and nine more at even par. In all, 32 players are within four shots of the lead.
Of the four co-leaders, Allkins had the cleanest card, with only a single bogey against five birdies.
Hawkins is trying to win his first tournament since high school.
"I haven’t won anything in a while," Hawkins told the Chicago Tribune. "It’d be cool to start here with my college amateur career."
Among the players tied for 8th at 2 under is Kenny Cook (Noblesville, IN), a former U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up and Harvey Penick Invitational champion.
The second round will be played on Thursday, with the final round on Friday.
ABOUT THE Northern Amateur
Popular national amateur tournament played
1967-2001 (with a solid list of past
returned to the schedule in 2011. 54-hole
play championship with a field of 96 players.
Par-3 contest held after round 1.
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