Ryan Buerk, the Blue Springs graduate who claimed the Class 4 individual state championship last month, fired a 3-over-par 75 in Wednesday’s second round at par-72 Fox Run to pull into a fifth-place tie in the three-day tournament that features 110 junior players from 13 different states.

A local high school golfer is in contention for the title and a chance to advance at the 2010 PGA Junior Series tournament at Fox Run Golf Club in the St. Louis suburb of Eureka.

Ryan Buerk, the Blue Springs graduate who claimed the Class 4 individual state championship last month, fired a 3-over-par 75 in Wednesday’s second round at par-72 Fox Run to pull into a fifth-place tie in the three-day tournament that features 110 junior players from 13 different states.

Buerk, who shot 78 in Tuesday’s first round, is at plus-9 153, just four strokes off the lead in the boys age 16-18 division heading into today’s final round.

On a day when most of the players shot higher scores, Buerk went from eight shots down to just four behind leader Chase Hanna of Leawood, Kan., who followed his opening-round 70 with a 79 Tuesday.

Chris Fryatt of Lee’s Summit North opened with a 3-over 75 on Tuesday but ballooned to an 84 Wednesday and is tied for 28th at a plus-15 159.

Both the boys and girls age 16-18 winners earn berths into the Junior PGA Championship Aug. 2-5 at Sycamore Hills Country Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Lauren Fender of Lee’s Summit West shot 81 Wednesday to go with her first-round 88 and is in ninth place in the girls 16-18 division. Shelby Phillips of Gilbert, Ariz., moved into sole possession of the lead at 155 after shooting an 80 Wednesday.