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Steger Leads 85th Iowa Open After Round Two

August 2nd, 2018

Author: Kevin Quinn
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Riverside, Iowa -- Kaylor Steger of Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin leads the 85th Iowa Open after round two, and holds a one-stroke lead entering the final round. 

“Yesterday I hit it pretty well and made a ton of putts,” said Steger. “Today I started striking the ball a little better and gave myself better opportunities, while also still rolling putts in.”

Steger started the day T2 after recording a 5-under-par 67 in round one. He carded a 6-under-par 66 in the second round to take the outright lead. Steger tallied eight birdies, including two-in-a-row on Nos. 6-7, and three straight birdies to close out his round on Nos. 16-18. 

Dan Woltman of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin is in second place following his 8-under-par 64 in round two. Woltman carded a bogey-free round with eight birdies in route to the low score of the day. Woltman is just one stroke back of Steger with a tournament total 10-under-par 134. 

Tyler Torano and former Iowa PGA Junior Tour Member, Tripp Kinney are tied for third in the Open Division at 9-under-par 135. 

Kinney recorded a 5-under-par 67 in the first round and followed up with a bogey-free second round with four birdies (two on each nine). Kinney is also the Amateur Division leader after two rounds. Torano succeeded his first round 2-under-par 70 with a bogey-free round and seven birdies for a 7-under-par 65 in round two.   

In addition to Woltman, David Cook also carded the low round of the day with an 8-under-par 64. After starting with a bogey on first hole, Cook poured in six straight birdies on Nos. 2-7. He added five more birdies on the back nine, including three-in-a-row on Nos. 10-12, and two-in-a-row on Nos. 16-17. Cook is currently in fifth place with a tournament total, 8-under-par 136. 

“I definitely played better today,” said Cook. “I had 11 birdies and three bogeys. I had a couple good stretches on the front and back nine to keep it going. The course is in great shape, it’s an awesome venue and awesome event. I’m excited to be here and excited for tomorrow.”

2018 Iowa PGA Professional Champion, Darin Fisher is T19 following his second round 67. Fisher carded a bogey-free back nine with two birdies and had two more birdies and an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole for a tournament total of 3-under-par 141. 

“I played a lot better today,” said Fisher. “The greens were a little bit better in the morning and I made a few putts. I hit a hybrid about 240 yards to about three feet from the hole on four to make eagle. That jumpstarted my round. Overall it was a great round.”

Iowa PGA Member, John Bermel has a three-stroke lead entering the final round in the Senior Division. Following a first round 66 (-6), Bermel carded an even-par 72 in the second round with two birdies and two bogeys.

“The conditions were a little more difficult today,” said Bermel. “I had a little trouble figuring out which way the wind was blowing. I putted a little better today and I started hitting the ball a little bit better on the back nine. I’m excited for tomorrow.”

Joe Palmer sits in second place after two rounds in the Senior Division. Palmer tallied three birdies in the second round with a bogey-free back nine to finish 2-under-par (70), for a tournament total of 3-under-par 138. Iowa PGA Member Bryan Luedtke is five strokes back entering the final round with a tournament total 1-under-par 143. 

The final round of the 85th Iowa Open takes place tomorrow at Blue Top Ridge in Riverside, Iowa. All groups will tee off the first hole starting at 7:30 a.m. Live scoring will be provided for the final groups throughout the round and updates will be provided by the Iowa PGA on its iowapga.com website and social media pages.