Even though he wasn’t the picture of consistency, Brownburg’s Seth Fair was able to gain a one shot lead over Kyle Cox of Fishers during the opening round of the Indiana Open Championship held at the Hawthorns G & CC. Fair started off the day with what he called a "careless” bogey on the par 4, 10th hole, but bounced back on the par 5, 11th with an eagle, 3.
"I started off the day with a couple of careless swings,” Fair said. "After bogeying my first hole of the day, number 10, I was able to bounce back and eagle 11. I also birdied 12 and 13 which put me back into a good position.”
Fair’s back-and-forth round consisted of seven birdies coming on holes 4, 5, 7, 9, 12, and 13, an eagle on 11, and four bogeys on holes 1, 2, 10, and 18.
"I drove the ball well all day and hit quality iron shots,” Fair said. "I made a few loose swings during the middle of my round that led to some bogeys, but overall I played well. I hope to do more of the same tomorrow. I need to keep my drives in the fairway and continue to take advantage of hole locations and yardages that I like.”
Defending Champion Stephen Conrad of Syracuse is just two shots back. Conrad got off to a good start today, firing a 4-under-par 32 on his opening nine. Although he did not play as well as he had hoped on the back nine, his 3-under-par 69 puts him in a good position heading into tomorrow.
Mooresville’s Rylan Porter and Chad Ayres of Hillcrest G & CC are also in a tie for third and just two shots out of the lead.
2013 Indiana Amateur Champion, Adam Schenk posted a 2-under-par 70 today, which was in part made possible by his ace on the par 3, 6th hole.
After tomorrow’s round the field will be cut to the low 70 players including ties.