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Tyler Duncan and Michael VanDeventer continued to go low Tuesday afternoon at Otter Creek.

Unfortunately for the Columbus duo, Andy Winings went even lower.

Winings fired an 8-under-par 64, tying Jeff Overton’s course record, to take a three-shot lead at 131 at the midway point of the 99th Indiana Open Championship.

“There’s a lot of good players here this week,” said Duncan, who is in fourth place, five shots back at 136. “Andy is a great player. He’s had a lot of success, and he’s played well the last two days.”

So have Duncan and VanDeventer — just not quite as well as Winings. Winings, a former Brownsburg and University of Kentucky standout who now lives in Fishers, has experienced previous success at Otter Creek, having won the 2007 Indiana Amateur.

Duncan, who won the 2011 Indiana Amateur at Otter Creek, was tied with Winings and four others for the lead after a first-round 67 on Monday. The Columbus North and Purdue graduate carded a 69 on Tuesday.

Playing the back nine first, Duncan was 3-over after four holes before eagleing his fifth hole and playing 4-under on his second nine.

“(Monday), I definitely played a lot better,” Duncan said. “Today, I let a few shots get away from me, and I was lucky enough to play well on the back nine.”

VanDeventer, a recent North graduate who is headed to Ball State, got to 8-under after a 33 on the front and birdies on Nos. 10 and 11. But he had three bogeys and two birdies in his last seven holes to finish with a 68 for the day and a 137 for 36 holes.

“I had a couple bad mistakes, but overall was pretty solid,” VanDeventer said. “I couldn’t ask to play any better the first two days, so I feel good about the position I’m in.”

Former PGA Tour pro Craig Bowden of Bloomington is in second place at 134. Bluffton’s McCormick Clouser, who will be a senior at Ball State, is third at 135.

Coleman Glick, a North graduate who will be a senior at Tusculum, just made the cut. He is tied for 66th at 150 after rounds of 76 and 74.

Kenny Chavis, a 1990 Columbus East graduate, missed the cut by one shot. He tied for 75th at 151 after rounds of 77 and 74.

“I hit the ball great (Monday) and hit it great again today,” Chavis said. “My putting has never been this bad over a 36-hole stretch. I tried the best I could, so I’ll take a few days off and get ready for the city tournament on Saturday.”

Jake Coffey, a North graduate who will be a senior at Indiana Wesleyan, finished at 153. East graduate Ryan Myers, the co-owner and general manager at Shadowood, and North graduate Brandon Knapp, who will be a senior at University of Indianapolis, both finished at 155.

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