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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Miller, Juffer tie for top medalist

  • The field of the 102nd Kansas Amateur has been pared to 64 after the second round of stroke play at Sand Creek Station.


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  • The field of the 102nd Kansas Amateur has been pared to 64 after the second round of stroke play at Sand Creek Station.
    Myles Miller of Wellington shared the medalist honors with Ben Juffer of West Des Moines, Iowa. The two had nine-under par scored of 135.
    Miller and Thane Ringler each had the low score of the second round with seven-under 65s.
    Miller is transferring to Newman University this fall. Juffer is an incoming senior at Kansas State.
    Miller opened his day with a birdie on 10. He had a total of three birdies on his first nine holes and four more on the back nine. He had no hole worse than par.
    “I hit a bad drive on 11, hadn’t quite found my groove then on about 15 I found my rhythm,” Miller said. “About halfway through the round I was driving it great, didn’t miss any fairways the last 12 holes. I was hitting really solid and making some putts.”
    Juffer finished his second day of play with a four-under 68. He had five birdies and one bogey.
    “I hit the ball well,” Juffer said. “I started on the back and I birdied No. 10 … that’s a good start. You’ve got to hit it straight off the tee and I’m hitting my driver good the last few months. Hopefully it keeps going.”
    First-round leader Harry Higgs, a golfer at Southern Methodist, finished third at 136. He shot a two-under 70 Wednesday. He was hampered by a triple-bogey on the 16th hole.
    Defending champion Hunter Sparks, a Wichita State golfer, shot a 67 in his second round, and is in fourth at 140.
    The final qualifier for match play was Steve Sloan of Pittsburg, who won an 11-player playoff. Sloan faces Miller in match play, which begins at 7 a.m. today.