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12-time champion Chad McCarty in 2nd heading into Iowa City Men's Amateur final round

Tournament concludes Sunday at Finkbine Golf Course

Chad McCarty hits his approach shot on No. 15 at Brown Deer Golf Course in Coralville in the second round of the Iowa City Men's Amateur Tournament on Saturday. (Ryan Young/The Gazette)
Chad McCarty hits his approach shot on No. 15 at Brown Deer Golf Course in Coralville in the second round of the Iowa City Men's Amateur Tournament on Saturday. (Ryan Young/The Gazette)
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CORALVILLE — Chad McCarty has been in this situation before — many times.

Last year, McCarty took second place at the Iowa City Men’s Amateur golf tournament. The year before that, he won the tournament by three strokes.

Over the past 17 tournaments, McCarty has walked away with 12 championship titles. It seems that every August when the three-day tournament rolls around, his name is always in contention.

This year is no different.

After two days of play, McCarty currently sits in second place at 4-under par, just two back from the leader. Yet reflecting on his round, he said he didn’t do anything too special.

“Today, I hit the ball good,” McCarty said. “I didn’t make any real long putts, the last hole was probably the longest putt I made. But that’s golf.”

McCarty opened play at Pleasant Valley Golf Course on Friday shooting a 72. It wasn’t until he got to Brown Deer Golf Course where he made his move. He recorded six birdies on Saturday, dropping to 4-under par and into second place.

And although the 4-under is one of the best scores shot at Brown Deer on Saturday, he still wasn’t completely satisfied with it, or his performance on some of the greens.

“I got the two bogeys, but (they were) just bad shots,” McCarty said. “Other than that, I hit the ball solid, and had a couple of puts that hit the edge and didn’t go in. It’s been that way the last two days.”

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Early on Saturday, though, it looked as if someone else was in full control of the tournament. Adam Brantman shot a 70 on Friday at Pleasant Valley, and held a two-stroke lead after day one. However, Saturday just wasn’t his day. He finished 3-over par, dropping him to sixth place.

“I scrambled pretty well, but didn’t hit it too good,” Brantman said. “It could’ve been better ... I was putting pretty well yesterday. Couldn’t make any puts today, though.”

Ned Carter, who shot even par in the first day, shot a 6-under on Saturday to put him alone in first place. Matt Benge and JD Goodfellow are tied for third place, trailing McCarty, at 1-under.

Yet McCarty isn’t going to alter his approach going into the final round at Finkbine Golf Course. He’s sticking to what he knows.

“I’ve been doing it long enough, I’m not going to change my game plan,” McCarty said. “I’ll hit driver on most of the holes, and hopefully make a few putts. I don’t really intend to change up things. We’ll just stick with the normal game plan, and go from there.”

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