It was only appropriate on Flag Day that McPherson’s Jacob Lackey went flag hunting.
Lackey was knocking down pins all day, making four birdies on his way to a second-round 71 in the 58th annual Kansas Junior Amateur Golf Tournament on Wednesday at Turkey Creek.
Coupled with his 75 on Tuesday, Lackey’s 146 total is good for a tie for 8th overall, but he’s only three shots out of the lead, held by Gentry Scheve of Emporia, who has posted rounds of 73-70-143.
After howling winds on Tuesday, there was little more than a zephyr when Lackey teed off in the afternoon session. He started on No. 10 and parred his first eight holes before making birdie on his ninth hole, the par-5 18th.
He thus turned in 34, but promptly hit a ball out of bounds on No. 1 and made double bogey. But he pulled himself back up by the bootstraps with birdies on the next two holes that cancelled that out.
Lackey had a double at No. 5 and a bogey at No. 7 before finishing with a birdie on his final hole, No. 9.
“If I can go out and put up a good number tomorrow, I’ll have a shot,” Lackey said.
If Lackey can just find a way to play holes 1 and 5, he could really go low. He has played both holes 3-over for a plus-6 and been even on the rest.
The mover of the day was pre-tournament favorite Grant Herrenbruck of Salina. The KU commit shot a 67 after stumbling to a 78 in the opening round and he’s at 145, just two shots off the lead.
The field is reduced to the Top 15 in each age division for Thursday’s final round. Lackey is tied for second in the 18 division with Taylor Larsen of Garden City. Luke Brugman of Wichita leads the 18 age group with a 144 for a two-shot lead.
The highest scores go off at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, with the top players the last to go off.
• PROPECK SHOOTS 67 — The other big story of the day was in the girls division as Megan Propeck of Leawood shot a 67 to take the lead.
Propeck, who shot 80 in the first round, shot rounds of 33-34. She made four birdies on the front nine and two on the back.