He had to like it Wednesday.
Kropp got himself to 2-under on the day with a birdie on the par 4 15th hole, his sixth hole of the day. Three holes later, on the 18th, he gave the strokes back with a double bogey six.
Of course, that was nothing five more birdies on the front nine — at Nos. 2, 3, 4, 7 and 9 — wouldn’t take care of.
Kropp said he’s been working on bringing a consistent mental approach to the course for each round. Wednesday appeared to prove he’s executing that approach.
“Just getting out of your own way,” is one of the ways Kropp described his approach. “Having a consistent mental approach really pays off.”
Not just this week, but last week, too, for Kropp, who finished tied for 18th at the Buffalo Run Prairie Moon Casinos Classic at Peoria Ridge in Miami, pocketing $1,680 after finishing at 8-under par 280.
Though this week’s event remains wide open — 18 players are within four strokes of the lead with 36 holes remaining — Kropp’s in a good spot, coming off a 65, Wednesday’s co-low round.
“I got some putts to drop on the (front nine),” he said. “I just need to keep taking advantage of the holes you’re supposed to take advantage of.”
Keep it up and he may be hard to beat.
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