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Posted on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 10:25 p.m.

Saline's Mike Ignasiak in contention to make match play at weather-delayed U.S. Amateur Championship

By Staff

After an opening-round 76 and back-to-back bogeys to start his second round, it looked like Saline resident Mike Ignasiak's time at the U.S. Amateur Championship was coming to an end Tuesday.

But the former big-league baseball player had a rally in him.

Ignasiak shot 8 under par over his final 16 holes at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin Hills, Wis., to finish with a 66 for the day and put him at even-par 142 for the championship. (Leaderboard)

Ignasiak, 45, was among the 157 players who waited through a nearly four hour weather delay in the morning and completed their second stroke-play rounds Tuesday afternoon.

None of the players in the afternoon wave -- which included former Saline High School and Eastern Michigan golfer Marty Jeppesen -- completed their second rounds. Jeppesen shot a 73 on Monday.

The second round was suspended due to darkness and will resume at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Following any necessary playoff to reduce the field to 64 players, the first round of match play will begin.

Ignasiak's rally put him in good position to make the match play portion of the tournament.

He said a friend, Bill O'Connor, got his attention during the weather delay. O'Connor was playing in the group behind Ignasiak's threesome and took an opportunity during the break to scold Ignasiak.

“He kind of put me in my place,” Ignasiak told the USGA wire services. “He said, 'Stop complaining. You're capable of doing it. Just go out and do it.'”

Ignasiak, who played baseball at the University of Michigan and was a pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1991-95, now operates the Dairy Queen restaurant in Saline.

Sixteen-year-old Beau Hossler of Mission Viejo, Calif., and collegiate players Blayne Barber, 21, of Lake City, Fla., and Ben Geyer, 19, of Arbuckle, Calif., posted 7-under-par 36-hole totals of 135 to share the lead for stroke-play medalist honors.