Mid-Day Recap: Ike First Round
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (June 29, 2015) – Play is underway at the MGA’s 60th Ike Championship and Luke Graboyes’s 1-under 70 currently leads all competitors as the only under-par score posted at challenging Friar’s Head. The afternoon groups are on the course with wind continuing to sweep across the property from Long Island Sound.
Twin Brooks's Graboyes recorded a trio of birdies on his early morning round, two of which came on the final nine’s pair of par 5s. Graboyes hit the 11th green in two and two-putted for birdie, then made a 40-footer on the 15th for his final birdie of the day.
“I hit some really good drives coming in and just went at the center of the green,” reported Graboyes. “I gave myself good looks at birdie. I didn’t make anything coming in, but they were good pars on this course.”
With a round under his belt, Graboyes is looking forward to the continued test of Friar’s Head on Tuesday.
“The greens are at least two feet faster than when I played it in a practice round and they’re firming up a lot. If they stay like this, it will be awesome. Tomorrow’s going to be a really hard test.”
Erick Alonso of White Beeches, the 2014 Carter Cup winner, and Thomas Collins III of Spring Brook each carded even-par rounds of 71 to trail by just one shot. Alonso began his round on the inward nine with a pair of bogeys, but found birdies on the par-5 2nd and par-4 6th to come back to level par. Collins started hot with a birdie-eagle start on the first nine, but four bogeys along with a final birdie on the par-5 14th placed him at even.
Three more from the morning wave recorded a 1-over total of 72: Nick Desai of Baltusrol, Matthew Fields of Quaker Ridge and Conor Casey of Somerset Hills.
The Ike, contested over 54 holes, will have a cut following Monday’s opening round. The low 40 players (and ties) will advance to Tuesday’s final 36 holes.