Despite taking a three-stroke lead into today’s final round of the St. Joseph City Championship, Brian Haskell continues to strive for more.

Haskell shot a 4-under round of 68 in Saturday’s second round at Fairview Golf Course, a one-stroke improvement from his first round 69 at Moila Country Club on Friday.

“I didn’t hit the ball off the tee good, didn’t hit the irons good. Somehow, I chipped and putted a pretty good score,” Haskell said of his round Saturday. “I gotta figure out something because three shots is not enough. He’s not gonna have two days like that back-to-back.”

Haskell will try for his seventh City title when the tournament switches to its final location at St. Joseph Country Club for today’s third and final round.

He will need to hold off Brad Nurski, who followed up Friday’s 68, the best round of the day, with an even-par 72 Saturday.

“If I can beat him, he’ll hear about it for a long time,” Haskell joked.

Central and Missouri Western’s Jake Giles, who shot a 68 Friday, followed it up with an 8-over 80 in the second round.

Haskell’s 68 was only matched by Zack Poe, who began the tournament with a 74 at Moila.

In the windy conditions, the next closest round Saturday came from Brooks Jungbluth with a 71.

Savannah, Western grad Hand earns coaching job

After collecting all-state honors at Savannah, winning a St. Joseph City Championship at 17 and winning the Holiday Inn Express Classic at Western, Ryan Hand is finally moving on.

Hand, who most previously worked as the graduate assistant for the men’s and women’s golf teams, was named the assistant coach for Barry University, one of the nation’s premier Division II golf program, in Miami.

The Barry man have cranked out 37 All-Americans and won three national titles since 2007, while the women have made six finals appearances. It will serve as Hand’s launching pad as he begins his journey to hopefully becoming a Division I head coach.

“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. They’re a powerhouse,” Hand said. “To work for those two coaches is sort of what I was looking for.”

Hand fired a 72 on Saturday in what might turn out being his final City Championship, which he won a year after winning the Moila Club Championship.

After a high school career led him to Dodge City Community College in 2012, and he ultimately became Western coach Greg Dillon’s first recruit,

“I’m fortunate to call this place home. St. Joe golf is booming right now with the young guys coming up that I’ve been fortunate enough to be around. They’ve helped me as much as I’ve helped them,” he said. “The people of St. Joe have meant so much to me for the last 20 years, from junior golf to amateur golf. This place has a special place in my heart forever.”

Brandon Zenner can be reached at brandon.zenner@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NPNowZenner.