MIAMI – Connor Peck plans on using the same philosophy the final two days of the Buffalo Run Casino Classic that heâ€™s followed the first two rounds.
â€œI will just try to have the same mindset and put the last two days behind me,â€ said the former University of Kansas standout who is making his pro debut in Miami. â€œYou can definitely get some birdies out there. If you can get yourself some good looks on the greens, you can make the putts.â€
Peck had a 67 Thursday after logging a dazzling first-round 63, a personal best.
As a result, he shares the top spot with Andrew Presley of Fort Worth, Texas, and Chad Ramey of Fulton, Mississippi.
All three are at 14-under 130.
If ever there was a case of saving the best for last, Ramey is living proof of that: he was in the dayâ€™s last group.
Eagles on No. 10 and 15 (he started on the back side at Peoria Ridge) and five birdies helped him fashion a second-round 64.
Peck, who also started on the back nine, countered bogeys on 18, 4 and 7 with eight birdies, including a run of four straight between 12 and 15 and then back-to-back on 8 and 9 for a 67.
Presley, winner of the Fakier Open in Houma, Louisiana, had a 64 Thursday. He bogeyed on the second hole, but countered that with nine birdies.
He finished strong with three in a row and had four over his last six holes.
Peck has 17 birdies over the first two rounds. The three bogeys on Thursday are the only ones heâ€™s had.
â€œI got off to a hot start,â€ he said. â€œI was 5 under through six holes, but I got a little tired and a little sloppy. I birdied my last two holes, so that was a good way to finish.â€
Peck played a year at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, before moving on to KU.
â€œI continued to get better, especially my last semester,â€ he said.
He tied for 30th individually at the NCAA Regional at Tuskaloosa, Alabama, with a 5-over 221.
The Jayhawks, making their first post-season appearance in nine years, finished 10th at 914.
â€œOur head coach, Jamie Bermal, has done a real good job,â€ Peck said. â€œI had him for three years and we made a lot of improvement.â€
The fact that the tour is on a northern swing that includes stops in Miami and Manhattan, Kansas, helped seal Peckâ€™s decision to play on the APT.
â€œOne of my buddies had already played a few (tournament) in the spring,â€ Peck said. â€œWe traveled together to this one. Itâ€™s been nice. There is a lot of good competition here so I thought it was a good option for me.â€
Four players share fourth place at 13-under 131: Joshua Creel of Oklahoma City, Enidâ€™s Chris Worrell, Blake Trimble and Gregory Yates.
Hunter Sparks of Oklahoma City, Riley Arp and Hunter Haas are at 12-under 132.
Bunched together at 11-under 133 are James Knous, Edward Lour and Zach Cabra, while Chris Ward and Derek Tolan are at 10-under 134.
Rob Hudson, Patrick Sullivan and Nick Arman are grouped together at 9-under 135 and Mark Walker of Edmond, the winner the first year Miami hosted an Adams Pro Tour event, Brian Rowell and Franklin Corpening are at 8-under 136.
There could be a change atop the ATP money leaderâ€™s list.
Jordan Russell, who has been the pacesetter, is tied for 41st at 4-under 140.
No. 2 Scott Kelly didnâ€™t enter the BRCC and Presley and Corpening are third and fourth, respectively, on the money list.
Fridayâ€™s Round 3 pairings are at http://www.adamsprotour.com/