GOLF: Hinton, four others make cut for State Am (06/20)

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By Nathaniel Bryan

Clay Hinton slipped a little Wednesday, but he didn’t fall far during the second round of the PNC Bank Kentucky State Amateur Championship.

Entering Wednesday with a one-stroke lead at the 6,853-yard, par-72 Bowling Green Country Club, the former Elizabethtown and current Transylvania University star enters today’s final round in second place and just three strokes out of the lead with a 6-under 138 in the 155-player tournament.

“Well, it could have been better,” Hinton said. “I was 3 under with four holes to play and I had some loose swings there and it got away from me, but overall I’m really happy where I stand.”

Hinton was in position to keep the lead – or be tied – but bogeyed the 15th hole after hitting into a bunker, doubled the 16th after hitting into some trees and making par on 17 and 18.

“I didn’t hit the ball the way I did yesterday, but I’m happy with even par,” Hinton said.

Manchester’s Tyler McDaniel leads with a 135. In a tie for third place are two-time defending champion Patrick Newcomb of Benton and Matt Fuqua of Bowling Green.

Hinton believes he has what it takes to remain in contention for the title.

“Absolutely,” said Hinton, who tees off at 10:48 a.m. “I’m going to go home tonight and rest up and come back in the morning ready to give it a shot and give it my all.”

Four other area players made the cut:

* Former John Hardin star Karsten Clements entered Wednesday in a tie for 45th with a 75, but finds himself in a tie for 13th after shooting a 70.

* Former Elizabethtown standout Mason Hayes also climbed the leader board to a tie for 20th at 147. He entered the day in a tie for 28th.

* Former Elizabethtown standout Garrett Hinton (151) fell from a tie for 45th into a tie for 56th.

* Former John Hardin stars Stephen Montgomery (151) was in a tie for 28th before falling into a tie for 56th.

Seven players with area ties missed the cut: Former Elizabethtown standout Ian Black, former John Hardin star Michael Vick, former North Hardin standout Ryan Daniels, former Central Hardin star Patrick Schirmer, current Elizabethtown standout Kyle Jury, Elizabethtown attorney Larry Ashlock and former Hardin County resident Jimmy Kev Clements.