Olsakovsky enter the final round of the 121st WPGA Amateur Championship with a 1-shot lead. WPGA file photo.

Olsakovsky leads after round two of West Penn Amateur
By Mike Dudurich • July 13, 2021

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Louis Olsakovsky knows he’s in a dogfight as the final round of the 121st West Penn Amateur unfolds this morning at Indiana Country Club.

But that’s not where his focus and concentration will be.

He posted rounds of 67-69 for a 136 total and a one-shot lead over Tanner Johnson (69-68), two-shot advantage over Brady Pevarnik (69-69).

In all, 10 players are under par going into the final holes and five more at even par.

“I hit fairways and greens and made some clutch putts,” Olsakovsky said. “The level of competition is so high; you really have to do all of those things. And today got my focus back on my putting. I got it into my head to focus on putts today and I felt like I could two-putt from a lot of distances I had left myself.”

He made nine birdies over the 36 holes and said it was easy to figure out why.

“On this course, because I am long off the tee, I should be able to get the par 5s and that’s where most of my birdies came from,” Olsakovsky said.

Veteran Rick Stimmel is in a group of four players at 2-under. He’s joined by Austin Lemieux, Scott Bitar and Brett Young. Through 36 holes, Stimmel leads the birdie parade with 10. He’s capable of making a run at Olsakovsky this morning.

Another veteran Sean Knapp came to Indiana CC hoping to bring home his 9th West Penn Am title but struggled to four bogeys in his final nine holes in his first round to finish at 73. He played the second round in even par 70 and is one-over par.

Thirty-four players survived the cut and will go off the first tee in twosomes starting at 8 a.m.

About the WPGA
Founded in 1899, the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association is the steward of amateur golf in the region. Started by five Member Clubs, the association now has nearly 200 Member Clubs and 33,000 members. The WPGA conducts 14 individual competitions and 10 team events, and administers the WPGA Scholarship Fund.