Rursch pointed to four holes that were keys for his second round, which began on the seventh hole. One of them came right away.
“Eight,” he said. “I doubled it yesterday but ended up with a birdie there, so that was a three-stroke difference there. My second shot was about three feet away, so I made a real good second shot.”
He also parred three of the first four holes he played when he came back to the front side late in his round.
“I had a couple of key pars,” he said. “On No. 1, I made a good putt there. Three, I made a good putt there. Four, I saved another par there. Those three pars were a boost of confidence.”
Rursch credited improved play with his irons and a better mindset for shaving off so many strokes.
“I kept my short game under control today,” he said. “Yesterday I kind of let it get out of my hands and let the course beat me. I putted a lot better today. I felt a lot more confident today. Yesterday, I kind of gave up halfway through the round, which didn’t help much. Today, I didn’t give up; I kept battling through and good things happened. I shot 10 strokes better.”
Freshman Jake Luett was the only Clinton scorer who shot higher Saturday than Friday, but he still led the River Kings with a 27th-place finish. He followed up an opening 81 with an 89.
“Jake kind of got frustrated and didn’t have a good round today, but he hung in there,” Niedermeyer said.
“The way I played yesterday, a couple of the mistakes I made on some holes were minor and cost me a couple of shots, but otherwise I had a fantastic round,” Luett, who started the second round on No. 8, said. “Today, I didn’t start off very well. I had a couple of triples and a double. I couldn’t get going. It was tough out there. (But) I was one under for the last four holes. I just grinded for the last few.”