Matt Behm leads Janesville Men's City Tournament

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John Barry
Saturday, July 26, 2014

JANESVILLE—Some familiar names pepper the leaderboard at the Men’s City Tournament.

Four-time winner Matt Behm leads by three shots heading into today’s final round after a 1-over par 72 Saturday at Glen Erin Golf Club.

Two-time defending champion and four-time winner Sam Van Galder is one of three golfers three shots back heading into today’s 18-hole finale at the Janesville Country Club.

Ryne Clatworthy, whose father, Gregg, won seven city titles, is also three shots back. John Milner, the leader after the opening round, had 76 Saturday and is tied with Van Galder and Clatworthy.

Behm described his round Saturday as a roller coaster. He had five bogeys and four birdies on his card, including a bogey on his last hole.

“My goal on this course is always to finish 1- or 2-over,” Behm said. “There are enough quirky shots out or tougher shots where you have to leave yourself room for bogeys.”

With the ominous Country Club and its treacherous greens lurking today, Behm likes the fact that he’s the hunted and not the hunter.

“Any lead I’ve got is great,” Behm said. “I’m just to going go out and try to build on that.

“And I like the fact that I’m in the last group because you know where you sit. But there’s always somebody playing ahead of you that could go out and shoot 4- or 5-under, so you just never know. But I like the position I’m in.”

Van Galder, who won last year’s title by nine shots, was 1-over par heading into No. 9, his last hole of the round. He hit his tee shot left and eventually two-putted for a double bogey.

Clatworthy was even on the front nine, but back-to-back bogeys on No. 13 and 14 cost him sole possession of second place.

Milner did not have a birdie on his card en route to a second-round 76. He made a tough up-and-down putt on his final hole to remain tied for second.

Behm, Clatworthy and Van Galder will tee off at 12:40 p.m. today. Milner is in the 12:30 p.m. group with Michael Oellerich and Bill Pappas, both of whom tied Behm for Saturday’s low round with 72.

Kevin Riley and Nolan Moran lead Jake Hassinger by two strokes in Flight 1. Paul Burkholder leads Second Flight by four shots over Tom Collins.

Dan Hermanson holds a two-stroke lead over Steve Thompson in Third Flight. Matt Runde continues to lead the Net Flight.

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