Day and Harper take the lead in the 1st round at the City Qualifier
Jace Day and Robin Harper were kites in the wind on Saturday.
And it wasn’t a friendly breeze either, with gusts and whirlwinds in all directions, spinning the flags 180 degrees and back again in a matter of minutes.
Day felt too good about his game to notice. The rising second-year golfer from southern Indiana cut the wind with a score of 67 under four to lead the men’s championship division of the City Golf qualifying tournament at Cascades.
Harper was the only other golfer to pass par, leading the Super Seniors with a 70. Jim Alexander’s 74 sits atop the Seniors. The second and final round will take place on Sunday, with the top 15 earning a spot on the championship flights when the match begins on July 10.
Day, a North 2020 graduate, dropped a 33 in the front and added a 34 in the rear despite a pair of bogeys. A bullet point on # 17 helped with this. He leads by five shots on three-time champion Mitch Oard (72), with three tied at 74.
“I tried to make sure I didn’t get too aggressive in some places,” Day said. “I’ve played enough on this course to know where the pitfalls can be so I knew I was really in touch with my game. I did a really good job keeping the ball in front of me and not hitting it. too many stray shots.
“I can put myself down sometimes and I did a good job of making sure I didn’t do it, that I stayed in the rhythm and that I stayed in the moment. It helped me a lot.”
Course management was key. Day kept himself in good position with smart play.
“Not chasing every bowling ruthlessly and putting myself in a position where I was going to be able to score,” Day said. “I’m confident enough in my short game and my putting to at least reach par in most situations. “
Oard also ignored the victory and kept himself in the race for the medalist. At 74, the last four members of 2020 Logan Vernon, Brian Smiley and Marc Guyer, with 2019 champion and last year’s runner-up, Doak Henry, in striking distance with a 75.
“I did well at the start today so that helped me out,” said Oard. “I kept it in play where I needed it and where I missed it was good. I allowed myself a lot of long putts for birdies so I didn’t have any great opportunities. to score, but I got it on the green.
“Trying to make it by today was the goal.”
Three birdies and three bogeys in a mostly stable lap took care of this.
Harper also took the change from his competition with a 33 on the front. He holds a two-stroke lead over Ike Martin (72). Joe Beane (76), Dan Neubecker (77) trail, followed by Mike Vernon and David Devitt with 78.
“I putts,” Harper said. “It’s the best trick I’ve played this year. We had a great group. They were all laughing and having a great time.
“I came here hoping to keep him under the 80’s.”
And doing it while battling the elements made it even better.
“That’s what made it fun,” Harper said. “It made me think a bit.
“I think we all loved it. It gave you something to blame if you hit a bad shot.”
Alexander, last year’s qualifying medalist, has a slim lead over Bob Hasty (75) and Jon Wampler (75), he just wants a little bigger. Charles Combs (77) and Mark Chestnutwood (78) are also within range.
“I felt like I left a couple there,” Alexander said. “I was a little loose, but I didn’t do anything special, I just stayed stable.
“It was windy so you had to be smart and some of the hairpin positions were quite difficult so you had to be in the right position. But I thought the course was in good shape and I liked the way it was. traced. above. “
For just about everyone, setting up on # 15, the short uphill par 3 on the pine tree that runs along the cart path to Ridge # 1, was a topic of conversation.
The pins were moved up and the pin was placed just above the front slope. And with the howling wind, mostly from the south, it made every shot there an adventure. For every tee shot poked near the birdie pin, there was a 6-foot putt over the hole that ended up rolling onto the green, leading to a bogey.
“I ended up doing a bogey, but I thought it was fun,” Day said. “I like it when they make the course different from what he plays every day.”
The second round will be played on Sunday from 7:30 am with the Super Seniors, then Men and Seniors groups. The male leaders will start at 9.40 a.m., the Super Seniors at 8.10 a.m. and the Seniors at 10.50 a.m.
CITY GOLF QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT
At the Cascades
Jace Day 67
Mitch Oard 72
Logan Vernon 74
Brian Smiley 74
Marc Guyer 74
Doak Henri 75
Plato Deliyanis 78
Sam wise 78
Matt Seifers 79
Jacob Paine 79
Brian Muephlhaus 79
Levi Robertson 80
Jake Miller 80
Austin Render 80
Chad Osborne 82
Darin Woodley 82
Tony Arnett 82
Greg Granger 82
Chaz Schultz 83
Anthony Robertson 83
Chris Williams 84
Robert Sage 84
Brad McLaughlin 86
Brad Scroggins 86
Matt Newman 87
Kevin Byon 88
jared taylor 91
Jim South 100
David Tiwari 108
Jim Alexander 74
Jon Wampler 75
Bob Hurry 75
Charles Combs 77
Mark Chestnut 78
Brad Leach 79
Tim gillespie 80
Roger rainbolt 80
Mike Snapp 81
Steve Hines 81
Chuck Vernon 83
John Kaser 83
Todd May 84
Bruke Geene 84
Lance Ringler 85
Joe davis 85
Steve sims 85
bret daniels 85
Ken Wilson 87
Matthew Grubb 94
Dan Smith 96
Greg Taggart 113
SUPER SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Robin harper 70
Ike Martin 72
Joe beane 76
Dan Neubecker 77
Mike Vernon 78
David Devitt 78
Kirby Gann 79
Bill Pfrommer 79
George Finley 80
Paul Toddy 80
Robbie Vernon 82
Rick miracle 82
Marty Hutsell 83
Brian Werth 85
Brent Baker 86
Steve Stanger 86
George Fielding 87
Sam Jantaraweragul 88
Jim Shea 89
SUNDAY DEPARTURE HOURS
SUPER SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
7:30 am: Steve Stanger, George Fielding, Sam Jantaraweragul, Jim Shea
7:40 am: Rick Miracle, Marty Hutsell, Brian Werth, Brent Baker
7:50 am: Bill Pfrommer, George Finley, Paul Toddy, Robbie Vernon
8h00: Dan Neubecker, Mike Vernon, David Devitt, Kirby Gann
8:10 am: Robin Harper, Ike Martin, Joe Beane
8:30 am: Jared Taylor, Jim Southern, David Tiwari
8:40 am: Brad Scroggins, Matt Newman, Kevin Byon
8:50 am: Anthony Robertson, Chris Williams, Robert Wise, Brad McLaughlin
9h00: Darin Woodley, Tony Arnett, Greg Granger, Chaz Schultz
9:10 am: Levi Robertson, Jake Miller, Austin Render, Chad Osborne
9:20 am: Sam Wise, Matt Seifers, Jacob Paine, Brian Muehlhaus
9:30 am: Marc Guyer, Doak Henry, Charles Osborne, Plato Deliyanis
9:40 am: Jace Day, Mitch Oard, Logan Vernon, Brian Smiley
10:00 am: Steve Sims, Dan Smith, Greg Taggart
10:10 am: Brett Daniels, Ken Wilson, Matthew Grubb
10:20 am: Todd May, Burke Geene, Lance Ringler, Joe Davis
10:30 am: Mike Snapp, Steve Hinds, Chuck Vernon, John Kaser
10:40 am: Mark Chestnutwood, Brad Leach, Tim Gillespie, Roger Rainbolt
10:50 a.m .: Jim Alexander, Jon Wampler, Bob Hasty, Charles Combs