A trio of regional golf pros were in action Tuesday at various events around the United States run by the Hooters Tour. None fared better on the day than Ryan Kennedy of Kingston.
Kennedy, a long-time member at the Amhertsview Golf Club, was at the Brunswick Plantation in Calabash, North Carolina playing the 9th event of the Hooters Tour Carolina Series and posted a 70 in the first of three rounds. The tournament wraps up Thursday.
It was a steady round for the rookie pro whose scorecard was marred by just one bogey and bolstered by three birdies on the day. The result was mirrored nine hole scores of 35 a side on the par 72 layout.
“(I) put it in the fairway all day so (I) gave myself good looks; putted well and scrambled well,” he told us via a text message.
Despite that steadiness their were some points Kennedy would like to improve on with two rounds to go – he had a birdie putt on every one of the three par-five holes but played them in a total f one over par. That included a three-putt bogey on the 16th hole.
Conversely he did not hit any of the par three holes in regulation but did manage to play them in one under par. On the 13th hole he used his gap wedge to drain a twenty-five foot chip for birdie.
Kennedy will head into the 2nd round in 6th place, three strokes back of leaders Darron Stiles and Fielding Brewbaker , who each shot 67, 5 under par, on Tuesday.
Down in Florida Marc-Etienne Bussieres of Gatineau and Brad Revell of Kingston are playing the 9th event of the NGA Hooters Tour Bridgestone Winter Series on Tuesday.
At the time of this post both players are well back of the clubhouse leader, Lanto Griffin, who toured the Timicuan Golf Club in just 65 strokes on Tuesday.
Marc-Etienne posted 72 in the first round while Revell posted a 74.
At press time there were still players on the course so their final position after round one is yet to be determined.
The top 40 players and ties will make the 36 hole cut and play the final round on Thursday.