Golf: Oswego’s Travis Johns moves one stroke off lead at Illinois Open

July 22 9 p.m.

AREA SCORES

Aurora

Travis Johns, Oswego 72-66—138 (-6)

Thomas O’Bryan (a), Aurora 69-75—144 (E)

Bryce Emory, Aurora 69-77—146 (+2)

John Wright (a), Aurora 76-73—149 (+5)

Curtis Malm, Aurora 79-76—155 (+11)

Nathan Desens (a), Geneva 83-WD

Elgin

Eric Winters (a), Elgin 73-75—148 (+4)

Dan Scardina, Bartlett 74-74—148 (+4)

Matthew Weber (a), St. Charles 75-73—148 (+4)

Drew Chuipek, Algonquin 73-78—151 (+7)

Mike Brierley (a), Algonquin 71-80—151 (+7)

Donald Langland Jr., Algonquin 77-75—152 (+8)

Blake Biddle (a), St. Charles 74-80—154 (+10)

Mark Esposito (a), Elgin 73-75—148 (+4)

Jordan Wetsch, St. Charles 85-72—157 (+13)

Michael Sainz, Elgin 75-85—160 (+16)

Alex Hansberger, St. Charles 88-80—168 (+24)

Michael Mattas (a), Streamwood 87-82—169 (+25)

Naperville

Raymond Knoll (a), Naperville 74-69—143 (-1)

Joe Glomb, Naperville 76-80—156 (+12)

Peter Mandich (a), Naperville 78-79—157 (+13)

Michael Doherty (a), Lisle 82-75—157 (+13)

Michael Troy, Naperville 77-82—159 (+15)

Scott Dunsire (a), Naperville 81-87-168 (+24)

GLENVIEW — Never count out the cagey veterans, at least not after just one round of the Illinois Open.

Medinah Country Club pro Travis Johns and University of Illinois golf coach Mike Small got back into the hunt Tuesday by shooting the best rounds of the day at The Glen Club. Each shot 6-under par 66s.

Johns, the 36-year-old native of Australia who lives in Oswego, opened with even par 72 on Monday. His total of 6-under 138 leaves the long-hitting left-hander a stroke behind leader Brian Bullington heading into Wednesday’s final 18 holes.

An amateur from Frankfort, Bullington followed his opening 2-under 70 with as 5-under 67 to move to 7-under 137. He had three bogeys and eight birdies in Tuesday’s round.

Johns had five birdies, one bogey and an eagle.

Small, 48, a four-time winner of the event who had opened with a 5-over 77, had seven birdies and one bogey and is tied for ninth place at 1-under, 143.

The cut for the top 50 and ties from the original field of 156 was set at 5-over par, 149. Fifty-seven golfers made it.

Three players — Bloomington’s Kyle English, Roselle’s Daniel Stringfellow and Lake Forest’s Brad Hopfinger — trail Johns by a stroke and are tied for third at 5-under 139 for the tournament.

First-day leader Michael Davan of Hoopeston followed an opening 66 with a 76, leaving him tied for seventh at 2-under 142.

Defending champion Joe Kinney of Antioch is tied for ninth at 1-under 143 following rounds of 71 and 72.

Three Aurora golfers — Thomas O’Bryan, Bryce Emory and John Wright — made the cut.

O’Bryan followed his 3-under 69 with a 3-over 75 and stands even at 144. Emory is 2-over after rounds of 69 and 77. Wright, an amateur like O’Bryan, shot 76-73 to hit the cut line.

Aurora’s Curtis Malm, who won this event as an amateur in 2000, missed the cut at 11-over 155 and Geneva amateur Nathan Desens withdrew.

Three Elgin area players — Eric Winters of Elgin, Dan Scardina of Bartlett and Matthew Weber of St. Charles — all made the cut at 4-over 148 and are tied for 35th.

Raymond Knoll came back strong after opening with a 2-over 74 on Monday and is the lone Naperville area golfer to make the cut. Last week’s Illinois State Amateur winner and a University of Iowa sophomore, Knoll shot a 3-under 69 and is tied for ninth at 1-under 143.

AREA SCORES

Aurora

Travis Johns, Oswego 72-66—138 (-6)

Thomas O’Bryan (a), Aurora 69-75—144 (E)

Bryce Emory, Aurora 69-77—146 (+2)

John Wright (a), Aurora 76-73—149 (+5)

Curtis Malm, Aurora 79-76—155 (+11)

Nathan Desens (a), Geneva 83-WD

Elgin

Eric Winters (a), Elgin 73-75—148 (+4)

Dan Scardina, Bartlett 74-74—148 (+4)

Matthew Weber (a), St. Charles 75-73—148 (+4)

Drew Chuipek, Algonquin 73-78—151 (+7)

Mike Brierley (a), Algonquin 71-80—151 (+7)

Donald Langland Jr., Algonquin 77-75—152 (+8)

Blake Biddle (a), St. Charles 74-80—154 (+10)

Mark Esposito (a), Elgin 73-75—148 (+4)

Jordan Wetsch, St. Charles 85-72—157 (+13)

Michael Sainz, Elgin 75-85—160 (+16)

Alex Hansberger, St. Charles 88-80—168 (+24)

Michael Mattas (a), Streamwood 87-82—169 (+25)

Naperville

Raymond Knoll (a), Naperville 74-69—143 (-1)

Joe Glomb, Naperville 76-80—156 (+12)

Peter Mandich (a), Naperville 78-79—157 (+13)

Michael Doherty (a), Lisle 82-75—157 (+13)

Michael Troy, Naperville 77-82—159 (+15)

Scott Dunsire (a), Naperville 81-87-168 (+24)

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