Richlands Jason Aichele shot a 4-over-par 76 on Tuesday and is tied for 48th at the PGA Professional Championship at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
That leaves Aichele at 7-over par heading into todays final round, also on the same course.
If he can finish the tournament among the top 20, Aichele an assistant pro at Meadow Springs Country Club would qualify for the PGA Championship at Valhalla in August in Louisville, Ky.
Aichele had a rough morning on Tuesday, with five bogeys on the front nine.
I had to get it going, he said. I was a little tired today. We had an almost 2-hour rain delay. I got there on time for my tee time, and it starting dumping. Then it stopped and it made it steaming hot. I was kind of going through the motions on the first nine.
But he shook himself out of it on the back nine, getting birdies on 11 and 16 against one more bogey on 17.
If I had shot even par Id be in top 20 right now, said Aichele. But I actually like my start (for today). I get the weather. I dont have anything to lose at this point.
Aichele said his first goal was to make the cut all the way through, from the original 300 plus golfers to todays final 70.
Now Id like to make the top 20, he said.
Its not out of the question.
I like the position Im in, he said. Im going out there with really nothing to lose. Ill be more aggressive with the pins. I wasnt putting really well today on the front nine. I just wasnt focused. Ive been short on my (putting) speed. Ill be more cautious to make sure all putts make it there tomorrow.
Its either top 20 or nothing.
This week has been a major grind for the Richland High graduate.
Including practice rounds, Ive played seven rounds here, he said. Then with the humidity and walking.
But hes proud of his performance.
Im still getting paid (today), he said. There are 30,000 PGA Professionals in the United States. Only 1 percent make it to this event. A smaller percentage qualifies for the PGA.
University of Toledo coach Jamie Broce shot a 1-under 71 to increase his lead to three strokes.