Most of Johnson County’s entrants in the Indiana Open Championship will have work to do today just to make the cut, much less climb to the top of the leaderboard.
Center Grove graduate Austin Crowder, who sits in a tie for 35th six shots behind leaders Joe Weiler and Joey Ranieri after shooting a 1-over-par 73 at Otter Creek Golf Club in Columbus, is the only one of the five local players currently in position to advance past today’s second round.
The top 70 players plus ties from among the 155 who completed their rounds Monday will have a chance to play for the title on Wednesday.
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Two more former Trojans landed at 76, just below the current cutoff in a tie for 76th. Jackson Williams, who now plays at Franklin College, was part of the first group out in the morning, while University of Illinois sophomore Noah Gillard wound up with the same result playing in the afternoon.
“It was kind of disappointing just because I started off with a birdie,” Gillard said. “So I was pretty confident going into the rest of the round, and I just kept going through all the doglegs and hitting too much club. But we have another day tomorrow, so I’ll try to get it back.”
Franklin Community High School junior-to-be Damon Dickey finished his morning round with an 80. Curtis Coverstone of Greenwood struggled to a 92.