Mike Barry and Mark Wilson each shot 1-under par 71s to tie for the lead in the men’s open division in the first round of the Rogue Valley Stroke Play Championships Saturday at Centennial Golf Club.
Barry, whose lone city championship — as the tournament is also known — was in 2010, was 2 over through eight holes, then made four birdies in the next five holes to get untracked. A bogey-par finish left him at 1 under.
Wilson, who recently won the Centennial men’s club championship, made four birdies against three pars to grab a piece of the lead entering today’s final round. Like Barry, he got to 2 under early on the back nine before leveling off.
The two will be paired in the final round today with Taylor Klemp, who was one shot back with a 72. Jimmy Kelly also shot 72 and Will Street 75 to round out the top five.
In the men’s senior division, Brad Bills posted the best round of the day with a 70 to take a two-stroke lead over Kevin Klabunde. Scott Tuttle (75) followed, and four players were a stroke back.
Don Sever led the men’s super senior with a 71. Pat Daggitt and Bryan Schlafke were three strokes off the pace.
In the women’s championship division, Jessica Young grabbed a five-shot advantage with a 73. Terry Levis (78), Sandy Day (79) and Kathy Pauck (80) trailed.
ROGUE VALLEY STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
(Top 10, First Round)
GROSS: Mike Barry 71, Mark Wilson Jr. 71, Taylor Klemp 72, Jimmy Kelly 72, Will Street 75, Corey Marineau 78, Brent Bianchina 78, Ryan Suvoy 79, Trent Thompson, 79, George Lavalley 80.
SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
GROSS: Brad Bills 70, Kevin Klabunde 72, Scott Tuttle 75, Ken Stringer 76, Dave Schoenmann 76, Dan Keck 76, Glen Clark 76, Robert Hyer 77, Joel Jessel 77, Robert Cox 78, Grand Niskanen 78, Mark Wilson Sr. 78, Lee Oltjenbruns 78, Kelly Rasmussen 78.
SUPER SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
GROSS: Don Sever 71, Pat Daggitt 74, Bryan Schlafke 74, Steve Josephson 75, Larry Butler 76, Chris Littleton 77, George Berry 77, Jon Paauwe 78, Steve Boldish 79, Bob Bowers 80, Duane Nelson 80.
LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
GROSS: Jessica Young 73, Terry Levis 78, Sandy Day 79, Kathy Pauck 80, Linda Johnson 82, Carolyn Turner 83, Lindsey Crosier 84, Tracie Armitage 88, Laurel Kiichli 97, Deanna St. Martin 103.