5-under-par was the score to beat at the first event of the season, the IGA Mid-Amateur Team Championship at Harrison Lake CC. Last year’s runner-ups Mark Humphrey of Carmel and Ben Hunter of Fishers find themselves in a similar position this year, atop the leader board heading into day two.
"After losing in a playoff last year, it feels great to be in the hunt again,” Humphrey said. "We hammed and egged it well today and we hope to do the same tomorrow.”
Defending Champion Sean Rowen proved himself once again, along with partner Chris Pfeifle both of Greenwood. The duo carded six birdies and only one bogey today for a best ball total of 67 and a share of the lead.
"I think we worked well as a team,” Rowen said. "We hung in there during the front nine and made five birdies on the back. We hope to keep two balls in play tomorrow and continue to give ourselves chances.”
Teammates Todd Palmer of Fishers and Curt Puckett of
Farmland also posted 67 after starting off the day with four birdies in their opening five holes.
Partners Josh Estelle of New Castle and Ricky Jones of Pendleton joined the leaders with a best ball 67, posted just minutes after Palmer and Puckett.
Seven teams are within three shots of the lead, including Derek Moore of Williamsburg and Brian Straley of Fort Wayne, who sit comfortably at 4-under-par, just one shot back.