Dalke three strokes behind leader at Junior PGA
BRYAN, Texas - Hobart's Brad Dalke remains in the hunt at the Junior PGA Championship, sitting in third place after shooting a 1-under par 70 at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas, on Wednesday.
Dalke is one of 10 players who shot under par in the second round, but is one of several who will have a legit opportunity to catch Gordon Neale, who finished with a 7-under 64 to move to 6 under for the tournament.
Dalke, at 3 under overall, is three shots behind Neale, a Southern Methodist University commit who got red-hot with eight birdies.
"I've seen him do this before," fifth-place Austin Connelly told Golfweek Magazine of Neale, who is from Trabuco Canyon, Calif. "He's a streaky player. He can definitely make a lot of birdies."
Dalke, who won the Oklahoma Class 2A individual state crown this past spring, led the Junior PGA through two rounds last year before settling for third place overall. Because of an even-par showing on the par 3s and 1-over average on par 4s thus far, Dalke has reversed his role from the hunted to the hunter.
More is on the line this year, as the winner will gain an exemption to the PGA Tour's Texas Open next season.