The 2016 Memorial Championship is the official kick off to the 2016 touring season. The top players in the game are on hand for this National Tour event in Arizona.
Day 1 showcased the beautiful Fountain Hills DGC where both Open fields played in bright sunny skies in the upper 80’s. Tee off for the first card was at 7:00 am local time with the featured card teeing of shortly after 2:00 pm local time.
Early club house leaders included Nikko Locastro 43 (-13), Nate Sexton 45 (-11) and Simon Lizotte 44 (-12). Nikko rolled off six birdies in a row and then shortly after another five in a row to set the bar very high after the first round. Nate Sexton commented that he was very confident on the putting greens throughout the round which helped lead him to his finish in second.
Paul McBeth was the on the featured card for the first round along with Anthony Barela, Nate Doss and last years champion, Jeremy Koling. McBeth opened with 6 straight birdies before an errant putt lead to a bogey on hole 7. He rallied off another 6 straight between holes 10-16 to finish tied with Nikko at 43 (-13).
Anthony Barela handled himself well finishing ahead of both Koling and Doss at 48 (-8). Doss and Koling both finished at 50 (-6).
The Open Woman finished early on in the day with two names used to being at the top. Catrina Allen played a near flawless round on the way to a 51 (-5) giving her a four stroke lead over Paige Pierce 54 (-1). Valarie Jenkins shot a 59 (+3) and US Champion Hannah Leatherman shot a 60 (+4).
Round 2 kicks off tomorrow at 2:00 pm Central time. Live coverage will include the FPO lead card from Fiesta Lakes DGC featuring Catrina Allen, Paige Pierce, Melody Waibel, and Jennifer Allen. Lead card for MPO will be Nikko Locastro, Paul McBeth, Simon Lizotte and Nate Sexton.
Notable Scores from Round 1.
JohnE McCray (-10)
Dave Feldberg (-9)
Ricky Wysocki (-9)
Philo Brathwaite (-9)
Steve Brinster (-6)
Steve Rico (-6)
Will Schusterick (-6)