Small stays in the hunt
GRAYSLAKE — Illinois men's golf coach Mike Small carded a 1-under-par 71 and trailed leader Curtis Malm by 3 strokes after the second round of the 90th Illinois PGA Championship on Tuesday at Stonewall Orchard Golf Club.
Malm was at 6-under-par 138. Small was 1 shot ahead of Steve Orrick, who was at 142.
"I got off to a bad start and was 2 over for most of the day but made three birdies coming in to salvage the round," said Small, who has won the Illinois PGA Championship a record nine times. "There's really no rhythm in my game right now. I hit some really good shots today, and I hit some shots that weren't too good. They were short-game problems, though. They weren't ball-striking problems."
Small last won the championship in 2010 at Olympia Fields Country Club.
"If I can get some confidence on the greens, I think I'll be feeling better," Small said. "Curtis is a good player, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Lance Olson, the head pro at Champaign Country Club, was tied for 31st at 152. Robert Anderson, the head pro at Golf Etc. Tech Studio in Champaign, did not make the cut after carding a second-round 79 (172 total).