CHAUTAUQUA - The Jamestown Community College golf team continues to establish milestones.
The Jayhawks shot an 9-over-par 297 on Tuesday, their lowest score ever, in the first round of the NJCAA Division III National Golf Championships to take a six-shot lead.
In Wednesday's second round, JCC slipped a bit, but not out of the lead.
Clockwise, from top left, Jake Yartz of Jamestown Community College hits his second shot at No. 10; JCC coach Brett Mucheck and Andrew Bird are all smiles and clench their fists after Bird sunk a 50-foot birdie putt at No. 11; and Trey Jewell of Delaware Technical CC tees off on No. 1 in the second round of the NJCAA?Division III National Golf Championships at Chautauqua Golf Club on Wednesday. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photos by Jim Riggs
The Jayhawks fired a 309 for a 36-hole total of 606 and they still lead, but only by one shot, over Vincennes University from Vincennes, Ind., which is at 607.
That's another milestone because never in the 13 years of the event being held on the Lake Course at Chautauqua Golf Club has JCC had the lead for two days.
''I figured we'd lose some strokes,'' JCC coach Brett Mucheck said. ''I'm glad we didn't lose our position.''
In third place, eight shots back is defending champion Minnesota State Community and Technical College from Fergus Falls, Minn., with 614. Sandhills CC from Pinehurst, N.C., is fourth with a 616 and Georgia Military College from Milledgeville, Ga., is fifth with a 617 in the 12-team field.
Drew Chaddock led JCC with a 2-over 74 while Jake Yartz had a 76, Andrew Bird a 79 and Brenton Wilcox an 80. An 82 by Jordy Farnham was thrown out.
Chaddock's 36-hole total is 147 which puts him in a tie for third in the individual scores and Yartz is at 150 and tied for sixth.
''As a team we're upset we had to take something in the 80s,'' Mucheck said. ''But to go into the third day with a one-shot lead, that's special.''
He added, ''They keep proving to me that they're worthy of this.''
Today's third round could be a long one because rain is predicted throughout and that has Mucheck excited.
''That's all we played in all year,'' he said about rain. ''We usually play really well in the rain. I think we'll do fine tomorrow.''
Mucheck pointed out it will also help to soften and slow down the slick greens and he hopes his Jayhawks adjust to that quickly since it's their home course.
The low individual score of the day in the field of 88 golfers was a 2-under 70 by Lucas Gervais of Minnesota State.
Chaddock had a 74 to lead JCC, but he had to battle back to get it because he was 5 over after his opening nine holes, which were the back nine. Then on the front nine he shot a 3-under 32.
In his opening nine, the Fillmore resident bogeyed 11, 15 and 16 and double-bogeyed 17. But what stood out was he missed 3-footers for par at 11 and 15.
''I knew those putts would eventually fall,'' he said.
As he headed to the front nine, his thoughts were ''I've got to calm down and play like I know how to play.''
And he did with birdies at Nos. 2, 3 and 5. But it was a par on No. 1 that jump-started the comeback as he flew the green and then made a 15-foot putt to save par.
''I had a ton of confidence coming in,'' he said.
Yartz had a similar round with a 3-over 40 on the back nine followed by a 1-over 36 on the front. But the front could have been better.
''I had a great start,'' the Southwestern graduate said tongue in cheek about bogeys at 10 and 11.
He also bogeyed 15, but erased that with a birdie at No. 1.
And he almost followed with another bird.
''I lipped out an 11-footer on two,'' Yartz said. ''That would have been big to go back to one over going into three.''
He bogeyed 5, but chipped in from 10 yards for a birdie 2 at No. 8 to move to 2 over.
However, he didn't stay there as he double-bogeyed No. 9, where he drove through the fairway with a 3-wood into ground under repair. He then hit short of the green, chipped over the green, his next chip rolled over the edge of the cup and 10 feet past, and then his putt lipped out.
''I was all over the hole and not in it,'' Yartz said.
He is still playing with a bandaged left ankle and foot because he aggravated an old fracture a few weeks ago.
''It was bothering me today,'' Yartz said.
But he quickly added it didn't affect his swings.
Bird got his round off to a good start when he sunk a 50-foot putt at No. 11 for a birdie.
''I knew I hit my spot,'' the Cassadaga Valley graduate said about the lengthy putt that dove into the center of the cup.
''No one in their right mind should make that putt,'' said Mucheck, who was there to watch it.
Unfortunately, that was Bird's only birdie of the day. After that he had eight bogeys. But he parred the par-3 fourth and 12th holes, which felt like birdies.
''Twelve and four are tough holes for me,'' Bird said.
JCC will start on the back nine again today. Chaddock will be first at 9 p.m., followed by Yartz at 9:08, Wilcox at 9:16, Bird at 9:24 and Farnham at 9:32.
Jamestown CC 297-309-606
Vincennes University 303-304-607
Minnesota State TCC 310-304-614
Sandhills CC 308-308-616
Georgia Military College 310-307-617
Monroe CC 307-318-625
Burlington CC 313-313-626
Nassau CC 324-305-629
College of DuPage 313-328-641
Suffolk County CC 320-327-647
CC of Rhode Island 350-337-687
County College of Morris 345-351-696
Butler County CC 357-361-718
TOP 15 INDIVIDUALS
Ethan Chamineak, George Military 70-73-143
Aaron Rondon, SW Wisconsin TC 74-72-146
Drew Chaddock, Jamestown CC 73-74-147
Darren McCormack, Suffolk County CC 75-72-147
Shelby Stewart, Vincennes U. 74-74-148
Jake Yartz, Jamestown CC, 74-76-150
Lucas Gervais, Minnesota State CTC 80-70-150
Alex Mead, Sandhill CC, 76-74-150
Brandon Sletmoen, Minnesota State 74-76-150
Pat Soper, Suffolk County CC 73-78-151
Nick Thompson, Sandhill CC 75-77-152
Tyler Sloan, Vincennes U. 73-79-152
Connor Salanger, Onondaga CC 76-77-153
Trevor Grant, Vincennes U. 77-76-153
Anthony Margentina, College of DuPage 77-76-153