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Steger Chasing Fair In State Open Finale

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Noblesville's Eric Steger/photo:

Noblesville’s Eric Steger/


Brownsburg’s Seth Fair owns a four-shot lead over Noblesville’s Eric Steger heading into Thursday’s final round of the 98th Indiana State Open at The Hawthorn’s Golf & Country Club in Fishers.

Fair, the first-round leader and second-round co-leader, carded a 5-under 67 for a 205 total and moved to minus-11 after 54 holes.

Steger fired a 69 to go to minus-7 and 209 after three rounds.

The two professionals will be paired for Thursday’s final round, in what likely will be a two-man battle. The closest players to the leaders are 5 shots behind Steger and another 4 strokes off Fair’s lead.

98th INDIANA OPEN: County scores posted

Carmel’s Tony Lazzara  and Fishers’ Rob Johnson shot 69 and 71, respectively, and are in a five-way tie for third place at 214.

Columbus’ Tyler Duncan, a second-round go-leader, soared to a 76 and also was at 214.

Among the golfers under par, Purdue’s Adam Schenk (Vincennes) and Andrew Fogg (Greenwood), who are at 214 and 215, respectively, are the only amateurs.

Reigning champion Stephen Conrad (Syracuse) was at 216.

How Hamilton County participants stand:

Eric Steger (Noblesville) 72-68-69—209

Rob Johnson (Fishers) 73-70-71—214

Tony Lazzara (Carmel) 75-70-69—214

Brad Gehl (Carmel) 71-74-71—216

Ivan Foster (Bridgewater GC) 73-70-72—217

Andrew Rhodes (Noblesville) 75-75-69—219

Alan Schulte (Fishers) 77-73-72—222

Ben Davidson (Carmel) 76-71-75—222

Kyle Cox (Fishers) 68-78-76—222

Jeff Cook (Carmel) 75-75-74—224

Chris Goodyear (Carmel) 72-78-74—224

Jon Hoover (Wood Wind Academy) 79-70-75—224

Mark Weghorst (Westfield) 79-73-76—228

Johnny Watts (Fishers) 78-74-76—228

Jon Stutz (Purgatory GC) 75-76-59—230

Johnny Deck (Carmel) 72-76-84—232

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