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A Strong Finish Puts Newbold and Whaley into Lead After Day One at MGA Four-Ball

August 20, 2019

 BRAINERD, Minn. – Carding an eagle and three birdies during the final nine holes Monday, the twosome of Robert Newbold and Tom Whaley, carded a 5-under 67 to open the 58th Minnesota Golf Association Amateur Four-Ball Championship at The Classic at Madden’s on Gull Lake with the early lead.
Getting out to a slow start Monday, Newbold and Whaley carded a bogey at the par-4 fourth hole before both players recorded a birdie at the sixth to draw even before Newbold rolled in his birdie look at the par-3 seventh.
Sinking his eagle chance at the par-5 10th, Newbold put his team to 3-under for the championship before adding another birdie at the 13th, moving the pair to 4-under. Whaley contributed by sinking his birdie look at the 14th, but the twosome would take a step back with their second bogey of the round at the par-4 15th.
Dropping his birdie chance on the final hole Monday, Whaley put his team at 5-under for the round and into the lead with a round of 67 following the first 18 holes of play, one stroke better than the team of John Spreiter and Steve Whittaker.
Defending champions Will Hickey and Joe Conzemius fired a 3-under 69 Monday to finish the first round of play in a tie for third with the team of 2013 winners Jordan Hawkinson and Jesse Larson, as well as the team of Jim Lehman and Jerry Rose.
The top-7 teams from Monday’s field of 16 twosomes and the top-29 teams from Tuesday’s field of 64 teams will advance to Wednesday’s final round.
Action at the 58th MGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship continues Tuesday with tee times beginning at 11 a.m. at The Classic at Madden’s on Gull Lake.

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