Kennedy could join the club Sunday

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John Barry
Saturday, July 30, 2016

JANESVILLE—The last time the Janesville Men's City Tournament crowned a first-time winner was 2005.

That was the year Travis Marting won his one and only title.

Will the streak end in 2016?

Bobby Kennedy shot a second-round 1-under par 71 Saturday at Riverside to take a two shot lead into today's final round at Glen Erin. Kennedy, who has finished in the top five but never won, is 3-under for the tournament at 141.

Five-time and defending champion Sam Van Galder is lurking two shots back at 143, along with Michael Oellerich. Andrew Morrison, thanks to a second-round 69, is four shots back and three-time champion Brad Bohlman is five back.

Kennedy's 71 on Saturday included three birdies and two bogeys and what he called an up-and- down round.

“My putting saved me today because I kind of hit it all over the board,” Kennedy said. “It was the opposite of what I did yesterday.

“I haven't three-putted in 36 holes and that makes a big difference. Hopefully, I can continue to play well tomorrow. The key is to avoid any double bogeys.”

Van Galder had it going on his front nine. Starting on No. 10, he birdied two of his first five holes and capped off a front nine of 32 with back-to-back birdies at 17 and 18. He was 2-over on the back nine, including a bogey on No. 9.

With his former Janesville Craig teammate and good friend Kennedy two shots ahead, Van Galder knows anything can happen at Glen Erin.

“I feel like my iron play is the best part of my game, and Glen Erin typically takes driver out of play,” Van Galder said. “I always have a game plan for Glen Erin and need to stick to it and hit it to certain spots.

“You have to take birdie opportunities when they come and know that even if you're three or four shots back heading into the last six holes, you could still win.”

Like Kennedy, Oellerich had an up-and-down round. He was 2-under on his front nine but started the back nine with bogeys at three of the first four holes. He bounced back with a birdie at the par 5 sixth to get to 1-under on his round.

Oellerich said that if he comes up short in his bid to win his first city title, the three bogeys in Saturday's round will haunt him.

“You just can't make bogeys on this course,” Oellerich said of Riverside. “And where the tees were today, it was certainly there for the taking.

“But even though I easily could've shot 68 or 67, I'm not going to complain about the 71. I'm still in a good position heading into tomorrow.”

Unlike Friday's opening-round at the Janesville Country where only 12 players broke 80, 36 scored 79 or better Saturday at Riverside.

The field was flighted into four groups for today's 18-hole finale based on scores after the first two rounds.

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