Chris Walker is running in some elite company at the Buffalo Run Casino Classic.
The junior-to-be at Notre Dame became just the second amateur to make the cut in the tournament last year.
He did it again this year — barely.
Walker had an even-par 71 Friday, leaving him at 3-under par 141. That was part of a 16-way logjam for 58th place.
The cut line was the top 60 players and ties.
“Here or there, I could have saved a couple shots,” Walker said. “I hit the ball well and in this wind, 71 is nothing to complain about.”
Tyler Carson was the first amateur to make it into the weekend play during the 2006 tournament here.
He finished in a tie for 46th at 4-under par 284. His first two rounds were 70 and 69, but ballooned to 77 in the third round.
He settled down and shot a 68.
“I had a tough third round,” said Walker, who is from The Woodlands, Texas. “If I make the cut, I will be looking to improve and go up the leader board a little bit.”
Matthew Harmon of Grand Rapids, Mich., came within a shot of the course record Friday, posting a 9-under par 62. That left him at 16-under 128 over 36 holes.
Parker LaBarge of St. Louis is at 11-under 133 and Kyle Ellis of Senatobia, Miss., and Scott Feaster of Columbia, S.C., are tied for third at 134.
“There are a lot of low numbers out here,” Walker said. “It’s good to get some experience and see where I stand now, what I need to work on and where I need to go. “
The Fighting Irish finished second in the Big East Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla.
“I was on the travel squad all year,” he said. “We played in some good tournaments and I had a few good individual finishes.”
His best was a tie for 19th in the Bandon (Ore.) Dunes Championship. Notre Dame won the tournament and senior Doug Fortner was medalist.
Walker played in six tournaments and had 15 rounds under his belt. He averaged 75.80 strokes per round.
As a freshman, he played 17 rounds and averaged 78.18 strokes. He shared 15th at the Palmas del Mar Intercollegiate in Puerto Rico while competing as an individual.
“If I play a few more good rounds, who knows where I could end up,” Walker said.