Consistency has been the calling card for the two leaders in the 2015 Western Junior heading into the final two rounds Thursday at Riverside Golf Club in North Riverside, Illinois.
On a day when other challengers leapfrogged up – or tumbled down – the leaderboard, Parker Reddig and Jacob Solomon remained in contention Wednesday by carding nearly identical scores to those they turned in Tuesday.
Reddig, one of three players who shared the lead going into today’s second round, followed up a 2-under 68 with an even par performance.
“I felt I played a little better than yesterday,” said Reddig, a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, who recently committed to Florida State. “I struggled again on the front nine and lost a ball on No. 8, but I figured out my swing and continued to play well. Hopefully, I’ll be good to go tomorrow.”
Solomon, the nation’s no. 22 ranked player and a future Auburn Tiger, has mirrored Reddig with his play this week.
The 16-year-old from Dublin, California, shot even par on Tuesday and 2-under 68 on Wednesday.
“I had one of my best ball-striking days in recent memory today,” Solomon said. “I hit all 18 greens and nearly every fairway. Tomorrow, I’m just going to stay aggressive like I have been. I’ve been in this position before. I’m not too nervous about it.”
The second round also saw Luke Miller, of Venetia, Pennsylvania, tie the Riverside competitive course record with a 4-under 66. The tournament-best round helped propel Miller from 83rd to 12th.
“Every time I hit a bogey today, I rebounded with a birdie,” said Miller, who plans to play golf at Northwestern in the fall. “That really helped boost my confidence throughout the day. You’ve got to keep it in play around here to be able to score, and that’s what I did.”
Forty-seven players scored 7-over 77 or better to make the tournament’s 36-hole cut and advance to the third and fourth rounds Thursday.
Third round play begins at 7 a.m.
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