Former KU star Peck maintains slim lead at Buffalo Run Casino Classic

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MIAMI – Connor Peck plans on using the same philosophy the final two days of the Buffalo Run Casino Classic that he’s followed the first two rounds.

“I will just try to have the same mindset and put the last two days behind me,” said the former University of Kansas standout who is making his pro debut in Miami. “You can definitely get some birdies out there. If you can get yourself some good looks on the greens, you can make the putts.”

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 day’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 he’s had.

“I got off to a hot start,” he said. “I 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.”
Peck played a year at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, before moving on to KU.
“I continued to get better, especially my last semester,” 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.
“Our head coach, Jamie Bermal, has done a real good job,” Peck said. “I had him for three years and we made a lot of improvement.”

The fact that the tour is on a northern swing that includes stops in Miami and Manhattan, Kansas, helped seal Peck’s decision to play on the APT.

“One of my buddies had already played a few (tournament) in the spring,” Peck said. “We traveled together to this one. It’s been nice. There is a lot of good competition here so I thought it was a good option for me.”

Four players share fourth place at 13-under 131: Joshua Creel of Oklahoma City, Enid’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 leader’s list.
Jordan Russell, who has been the pacesetter, is tied for 41st at 4-under 140.
No. 2 Scott Kelly didn’t enter the BRCC and Presley and Corpening are third and fourth, respectively, on the money list.

Friday’s Round 3 pairings are at

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