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MEN'S GOLF: Elizabethtown's Anderson, Pierce qualify for final day of State Am (06/12)

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By The Staff

 

The News-Enterprise PADUCAH — For the second straight year, Aaron Anderson made it to the final day of the at&t Kentucky State Amateur Championship. The Southern Indiana University golfer and former Elizabethtown High School standout slipped a bit in the second round Wednesday at the Country Club of Paducah, firing a nine-over-par 81, but managed to hold on just enough to earn a tee time today. After turning in a four-over 76 on Tuesday, Anderson’s two-day score of 157 was good enough to land him in a nine-way tie for 62nd, just one stroke away from missing the 70-man cut out of a field of 156. Also narrowly making the cut and advancing to the final round was Elizabethtown resident Jeffrey Pierce, who shot a six-over 78 Wednesday to also total 157. Pierce is slated to tee off at 10 a.m. today, while Anderson is scheduled to head out with the final group at 10:09 a.m. Not as fortunate was University of Louisville golfer and former John Hardin High School standout Karsten Clements, who tied for 72nd and missed the cut by one stroke after shooting a six-over 78 to total 158. Central Hardin High School graduate Scott Johnson shot a nine-over 81 to total 166 and finish in a tie for 117th. Corey Stith, Johnson’s former teammate, turned in a 15-over 87 and tied for 144th. Danville native Ben Fuqua and Greensburg’s Tyler Sharpe are tied for the lead at four-under (140). Fuqua notched the low score of the tournament Wednesday with a three-under 69, while Sharpe fired a two-under 70. Former tournament champ James Brown of Paducah is in third after shooting a two-under 70 for a two-day total of 143.