SAVANNAH, Ga. — Curtis Thompson, the older brother of LPGA star Lexi Thompson, spoke for the sector when he stated, “We’re not living the dream. We’re chasing it.”
Thompson and Stuart Macdonald shot 6-under 66s in Thursday morning’s opening spherical of the Club Car Championship at The Landings. The match is being performed on the Deer Creek course.
But Thompson and Macdonald and the remainder of the sector are chasing former Oklahoma All-America Max McGreevy, who shot a seven-under 65 on the wind-swept course to take the lead with the afternoon starters but to go off when he completed.
Crowd favourite Shad Tuten, a former All-America at Armstrong State earlier than it was merged with Georgia Southern, turned in a strong 67 to share fourth place with Matthew Short.
Kris Blanks, a former assistant professional at the Landings Club, carded a one-over par 73. Blanks performed in final October’s match, then generally known as the Savannah Golf Championship, however he missed the minimize.
Jonathan Griz, a 17-year-old highschool junior from Hilton Head, carded an even-par 72 to put himself ready to make the minimize.
Griz, who final yr at age of 16 turned the youngest participant ever to win the South Carolina Amateur state championship, obtained into the match by being the runner-up at Monday’s qualifier at the Georgia Southern course in Statesboro.
Kris Blanks blasts out of a bunker on the ninth gap in the course of the first spherical of the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Club Car Championship at the Landings Club in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo: Richard Burkhart/Savannah Morning News)
After enjoying at even par on the entrance, Griz shot five-under on the again 9 to end second and earn himself a spot within the area. Although commencement is a yr away, he has already dedicated to play at Alabama.
The different newbie within the area, 16-year-old Reed Lotter of Savannah, shot a gap spherical 1 over 73 and is T-108.
Roberto Diaz, who gained final week’s Chitimacha Louisiana Open for his first victory in his 194th begin as an expert, let an excellent spherical get away from him down the stretch and completed at 2-under 70.
“I’ve not been getting off to a good start,” Tuten, who missed the minimize final week, stated. “The plan was to get off to a good start and I did.”
Tuten had a gaggle of followers and he rewarded them with an eagle on gap No. 7, which was his sixteenth of the day.
“You want to play well even if you’re playing without anyone following you,” he stated. “But for me to have people watching it motivates me.
“I live for this tournament. It’s a huge deal for me to come out here and have fun. Everyone here makes you feel great. I’m in a comfort zone and it helps me to perform better playing in front of friends and family.”
Tuten stated the climate was supreme at the start however that the wind began selecting up and gusting round his seventh gap and it by no means let up.
“It was like playing two golf courses,” he stated. “This is not a bomber’s course which suits me. I just tried to stay steady.”
In speaking about his spherical Thompson uttered what each participant loves to say: “When I won in Chicago…”
Thompson turned professional in 2014 and earlier this season he gained the Evans Scholar Invitational for his first win in his 103rd begin.
“There was a lot of wind,” Thompson stated, echoing the ideas of almost all the early finishers. “I didn’t expect the wind when we started. It was really calm.
“We had four or five holes straight into the wind and all you want to do there is make par,” Thompson stated. “Then we went downwind and that’s when you try to make some birdies.”
Thompson hit principally three-wood off the tee and hit 13 of 14 fairways which enabled him to flip in his finest spherical at Deer Creek. He was fifteenth at final fall’s match.
“I’m just trying to do what I did when I won in Chicago,” Thompson stated. “I’m not forcing anything. Today I had great ball striking and putted well.”