On a day where the course conditions were greater than those of the weather conditions, the first round of the Winter Park City Amateur was completed on Saturday.
With a slight mist present throughout much of the day, it was the missed putts on the difficult surfaces at Winter Park Golf Course that proved to be the difference.
Described as a friendly layout to even the casual golfer, the “Winter Park 9” played more like an arch nemesis to the 71 participants who completed Saturday’s round.
Impressively, 49 players from the men’s division are only separated by 26 shots from top to bottom, with all players scheduled to appear again on Championship Sunday.
The rounds of the day were turned in by a trio of gentlemen, who will now make up Sunday’s final pairing having each shot 4-under (31).
That trio consists of Steve Davey, Lou LeTellier IV, and Wil Torres, who hold a two shot lead on the field. They were joined by just two other golfers who managed to finish Saturday’s round below even Par (35), Charlie Fitzgerald (-2) and Jason Lusk (-1).
Sunday’s final round begins at 7:00AM with participants from the junior girls division who will be competing amongst one another to become the Winter Park Amateur Champion of their respective division. The girls will then be followed by participants in the junior boys, and women’s divisions.
The men’s division will get underway at 8:45AM with the tee shots of Austin Thacker and Bradley Johnson.
28 players will enter Sunday’s Final Round within ten shots of the lead in the men’s division.
Sunday’s forecast calls for an 80% chance of rain with temperatures reaching a high of 86 degrees, as pristine course conditions once again look to heavily outweigh those of Mother Nature.
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