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Vukovits Grabs One Shot Lead Heading to Round Two of State Am

Jun 22, 2020

The 120th Indiana Amateur Championship began today at the difficult and historic Country Club of Indianapolis.  With tree lined fairways, keeping the ball in play was a must. Howver, for Austin Vukovits, rising junior at Mississippi State University, playing aggressively off the tee grabbed him the lead heading into round two.

“At first I was kind of hitting it everywhere, so I had to settle down and trust what we’ve been practicing,” Vukovits said.  “My caddy [Max Niehans] was big today and helped me feel confident hitting a lot of drivers off the tee, and it really worked out.”

Vukovits’ round consisted of five birdies and only two bogeys today for an 18-hole total of 3-under-par, 67.

“I’ve been prepping really hard for this event and I feel like I’m trending in the right direction.  “It would mean a lot to win this week.”

Four players sit at 2-under-par, just one-shot back, including 2019 Mid-Amateur Champion, Kenny Cook, Illinois University’s Noah Gillard, University of Cincinnati’s Ty Gingerich, and Ball State University’s Keegan Bronnenberg.

“The golf course is gettable with the greens and I feel like if I play my game, I will be up there,” Cook said.  “We’ll see what happens.  It’s a really good field.”

“It would be a great accomplishment if I were to win this event,” added Gingerrich.  “It would be an honor.”

Six players are also tied at 1-under-par, making tomorrow’s round that much more