HEBRON — Keith Ohr was in the last group to finish the second round of the 93rd Kentucky Open golf championship on Wednesday, but when he putted out in the gathering dusk at 8:23 p.m., he was in first place.
Ohr rallied from a slow start to shoot a 2-under par 70 at Traditions Golf Club to go with a 69 he shot the first day. His 5-under total gave him a one-shot lead over John Bachman and Adam Gary going into Thursday's final round.
Ryan Martin, a pro from Prestonsburg, is two shots out of the lead.
Ohr, an Irvine native who's now a club pro in Louisville, won the Kentucky Open in 2001, when he was 26.
He would dearly love to win this tournament for the second time.
"I just feel like if somebody wins one, that's good, that's great," Ohr said. "But if you win two, you solidify yourself. It's not a one-time wonder.
"I'll try to win two, and then we'll work on three or four maybe."
Ohr said he's a better player now mentally than he was when he won the Open more than a decade ago.
"I don't get frustrated, I don't get mad. I know golf is a hard game and I know bad shots are coming."
Ohr shrugged off two early bogeys on Wednesday.
Bachman, a Louisville club pro who had the first-round lead with a 68, had an even-par second day.
He fell victim to swirling winds that turned Traditions into a puzzle. He was 3-under through seven holes, then misjudged the wind on the par-3 eighth, and his tee shot bounced into a hazard.
"It got ugly real quick," he said of his double bogey. "That rattled me a little bit."
It showed. He took bogeys at the ninth and 11th before steadying himself coming in.
Gary, a teaching pro in Bowling Green, is tied for second after shooting 71-69.
"I kind of grinded it out," he said after surviving two balls in the water and dried-out greens.
Martin, who tries to play in some kind of tournament every week of the season, also found the wind tricky.
"It was very confusing," he said. "It would be in your face one second, then at your back the next."
But Martin managed to control his distances and had a bunch of birdie putts, including four lip-outs.
Cody Martin, a junior at Kentucky, shot 69-73 and is in a logjam at 142.
Patrick Williams, the pro at Arlington in Richmond, is also at 142, along with Cameron Carrico, Parker Page and Nicklaus Newcomb.
Martin, from nearby Union, is playing on his home course this week, but that familiarity didn't keep him from stubbing his toe a couple times on Wednesday.
"I definitely thought the course was playing tougher today," he said. "But I can't complain too much. A couple bad breaks here and there."
Page had an interesting round. He had eight birdies, but a triple bogey, a double bogey and a bogey left him with a 70.
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