The good news for Bryce Turner and Danbi Kim is that they fared a little better in this week’s Otter Creek Junior Championship than they did last year.
The bad news for the Columbus North golfers is that in a deep and talented field, it still wasn’t good enough to make the cut to today’s final round.
“I’m satisfied with my rounds because it was a big improvement from last year,” Kim said.
Kim, who will be a junior at North, finished in a tie for 28th in the girls division at 162, seven shots off the cut line. The top 19 made the cut.
Following an opening-round 6-over-par 78 on Tuesday, Kim carded an 84 on Wednesday. She birdied her third hole and was only 2-over through seven before playing the final 11 in 10-over.
“I think it was mostly putting,” Kim said. “I don’t know if the weather delay had anything to do with it, but I could have done a lot better.”
The competition was delayed a little more than two hours because of rain after Kim had finished her eighth hole.
Alexis Miestowski of Schererville and Brooke Matthews of Rogers, Arkansas, share the lead at 1-over 145 going into today’s final round. On the boys side, Center Grove’s Noah Gillard leads at 8-under 136.
Turner, who will be a senior at North, followed an opening-round 76 with a 77 on Wednesday.
“I hit the ball a lot better the first day,” Turner said. “I was striking it pretty well. Today wasn’t the same, but I did a pretty good job of scrambling early in my round.”
After bogeying No. 4, Turner birdied the next two holes to get back to even. But then he bogeyed holes 7 through 9 to shoot 39 on the front and followed with a 39 on the back.
Turner finished in a tie for … at 153 … shots off the cut line. The top 54 and ties made the cut.
“Today, putts just didn’t fall,” Turner said. “I missed a bunch of fairways and greens, and that led to bogeys. I would liked to have been a couple over par after two days and going into the third day, that probably would have felt pretty good.”
Leaders going into today’s final round of the Otter Creek Junior Championship:
Noah Gillard, Greenwood;65-71—136
Alexis Miestowski, Schererville;69-76—145
Brooke Matthews, Rogers, Arkansas;73-72—145
Gabrielle DeSombre, Oak Park, Illinois;73-73—146
Alexandra Swayne, Maineville, Ohio;74-72—146
Yang Liu, Chengdu, China;74-74—148
Katie Lillie, St. Charles, Illinois;76-72—148