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Blackwell Sizzles at Jr. Masters

Ball State-bound James Blackwell, a St. Joe's graduate, produced his second straight sub-par round this morning and appears a shoo-in to grab medalist honors and the Gary Player Trophy at the 60th International Junior Masters at East Aurora Country Club.

Blackwell followed Tuesday's 2-under 69 with a 70 and has a four-stroke advantage over those who've posted. It would take a ridiculous score to knock Blackwell out of the top spot as lower scores went off first in the morning.

But there are scores out there. Bona-bound Josh Stauffer of Bradford, son of PGA Professional Kirk Staffer, went bogeyless in a 6-under 65 that has tournament organizers scrambling for the record books.

Blackwell's 3-under total is believed to tie for the lowest score in at least the last 20 years. Medalists shot 139 in 2002 and 2008.

Match play begins this afternoon.

-- Bob DiCesare

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