Is this the week for Kelly, McElroy?

Troy Kelly’s put himself into position to win his first Nationwide Tour event. The golfer who grew up in Kitsap and still has family here shot a 7-under 64 in the second round of the Wichita Open and is the leader in the clubhouse with an 11-under 131 total. Kelly finished the first round earlier today with a 67 and he played a near flawless second round: 5 birdies, 1 eagle and 0 bogeys. That’s two eagles in two rounds.

Kelly’s No. 2 on the money list, and has finished second three times on the Nationwide Tour, including twice this season. Maybe this is the week he breaks through?

Same for Rory McIlroy, the 21-year-old Irishman who has flirted with victory in PGA majors before. He opened with 65-66 in the U.S. Open at Congressional and is threating to run away with it. Yeah, there’s still a lot of golf left, but it looks like this could be his week. His 11-under total, which included a double bogey on 18 in the second round, is the lowest 36-hole score in the 111-year history of the event.

Good luck to both, and to my group, which will be carrying West High’s hopes in the annual Les Eathorne Classic today at Gold Mountain. The tournament in honor of the late East High/Bremerton basketball coach. Proceeds support basketball programs run by Sports Beyond and Total Package Basketball.

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