As he walked to the tee on the 18th hole, Cole Isban knew he was hovering around the cut-line.
The Marian High and Notre Dame graduate knew he probably could use a birdie to improve his chances of making the cut at the Western Amateur at Point O Woods in Benton Harbor.
On his 2nd shot on the par 4, Isban hit a low shot to avoid a tree limb and boy was it the right move as the ball landed a foot from the pin.
A short putt later and Isban's day ended with a 3-over 73, giving him a two round total of 144.
Isban waited more than 6 hours to find out his fate.
By the end of the night, that birdie on 18 proved to be the difference.
The cut was 144. Isban just made it.
Isban now moves on to Friday's 3rd and 4th round. He will tee-off for round 3 at 8:58AM and round 4 at 2:28PM.
Two other local golfers failed to make the cut. Elkhart's Gavin Wilkinson was 8 strokes back of the cut, with rounds of 78 and 74. South Bend's Mike Lamb shot rounds of 83 and 84.
The leader is the youthful Ricky Fowler, who will begin his freshman year at Oklahoma this fall. Fowler shot rounds of 65 and 68. He holds a 2-stroke lead over Lucas Lee and Jhonattan Vegas.
The nation’s top amateur golfers are competing in the 105th Western Amateur championship, with the remaining 58 competitors set to play 36 holes on Friday. The low 16 after Friday’s rounds qualify for match play on Saturday. The championship match will be held on Sunday, August 5.