Carson Bacha is just 15 years old.
Tuesday, Aug. 1, competing on possibly the biggest stage of his young golfing career, Bacha played with a poise that many older golfers would likely envy.
Bacha fired a 6-under-par 66 in the second round of the 42nd annual Boys' Junior PGA Championship to vault up the leaderboard and into contention at one of the most storied junior golf events in the world.
The Central York standout is tied for sixth place in the 144-player field at The Country Club of St. Albans, Lewis and Clark Course, in Missouri. Bacha is at 6-under par overall (138) for the tournament after an opening-round 72 on Monday, July 31. He was tied for 30th after the first round.
Bacha came out firing in the second round, making four birdies in the first six holes en route to a 3-under 33 on the front nine. On the back nine, he made three more birdies, and no bogeys, for another 33.
The field was cut to the low 70 players and ties after the second round.
Bacha's Central York teammate, Joe Parrini, also made the cut with a 1-over 145 total. Parrini followed his first-round 73 with a second-round 72. The University of Arizona recruit is tied for 44th, which is the same position he found himself in after the first round.
The final two rounds in the four-round tournament are set for Wednesday, Aug. 2, and Thursday, Aug. 3.
Bacha will likely need two more rounds in the 60s if he hopes to win the event. Akshay Bhatia of Wake Forest, North Carolina, leads the tournament at 14-under par after a sizzling 61 in the second round. He has a three-shot edge on Jacob Bridgeman of Inman, South Carolina, who led after his first-round 65. Bridgeman followed that up with a 68 in the second round.
Reid Davenport of Austin, Texas, and Daulet Tuleubayev of Cupertino, California, are tied for third at 9 under. The only other golfer ahead of Bacha is Trent Phillips of Inman, South Carolina, at 7 under.
The Junior PGA Championship is one of the most prestigious junior tournaments in the world. Past participants include Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Stewart Cink and Phil Mickelson. Some of the past winners include Billy Andrade, Billy Mayfair, David Toms, Pat Perez, Trevor Immelman and Sean O'Hair.
— Reach Steve Heiser at email@example.com.