Reddig Continues Hot Streak, Shoots 63 to Take Early Lead at Twin Cities Championship
June 29, 2019
MINNEAPOLIS – Coming off a strong showing at the Minnesota Golf Association Players’ Championship this week, Parker Redding fired a 9-under par 63 Saturday to jump out to an eight-stroke lead following the opening round of the 28th Twin Cities Championship at Theodore Wirth Golf Course.
Finishing runner-up at the Players’ Wednesday, Reddig bounced right back to break both the tournament record and the course record for tournament play, carding 10 birdies with a single bogey to begin play Saturday.
“It was absolutely amazing—a lot of fun. A lot of things were piecing together for me earlier in the week and today was the epitome of that for me,” the Florida State University golfer said following his round Saturday. “Putts fell that I didn’t see fall previously. I was hitting shots just as close as I have been, but the putts today all went in.
“It was absolutely one of my best rounds that I’ve played. Maybe not all-time best, but as far as tournament rounds go, I believe it’s my lowest.”
Reddig will begin Sunday’s final round with a sizeable advantage over both Trent Peterson and Ralph Baxley when the tournament shifts venues to Hastings Golf Club.
Needing to scramble early, Reddig managed three birdies on each of his first three holes, including a chip-in from 20 yards at the third. His good fortune continued at the sixth, when he went left off the tee and was forced to punch back into the fairway before hitting a wedge to 20 feet and sinking his fourth birdie in six holes.
“From a golf standpoint, I wasn’t supposed to make birdie there, but I ended up making birdie and it reminded me of earlier this week on the front nine and finding ways to get the ball in the hole,” Reddig said. “That’s when I knew I was playing the same kind of rounds as earlier this week, but I had a full 18 to play. From there on in it was, let’s see how low I can go.”
During his final three matches of the MGA Players’ earlier in the week, Reddig played his front nine a combined 13-under par for the 27 holes.
Turning in 6-under Saturday, Redding nearly chipped in for eagle at the 13th before his only blemish of the day at the 14th, with a three-putt bogey to drop him back to 6-under for the round. He would finish strong with three more birdies over his final four holes, including his final putt from 20 feet in the center of the cup to post a record breaking 9-under 63.
Going back to the opening round of the MGA Mid-Players’ Championship last week, Peterson won nine consecutive matches before falling to Reddig in the semifinals at the Players’ Wednesday. Hitting a pair of hooks off the tee early in the round Saturday, Peterson joked that his game was “rusty.”
“There’s no range here—I wasn’t warmed up. Suddenly my confidence with my driver was really low.”
In typical Peterson fashion, he bounced back by sinking his birdie putt from 15 feet at the sixth and would turn at even par for the championship. Peterson chipped up close and tapped in for birdie at the short par-4 13th, but stumbled with back-to-back bogeys at the 14th and 15th.
Peterson chipped inside of six feet at the par-5 16th and converted his birdie putt to post a 1-under 71 to finish the opening round tied for second with Baxley. Peterson claimed the 2016 championship when it was held at both Bunker Hills Golf Club and Keller Golf Course.
“I hit it better on the back nine,” Peterson said Saturday. “I was terrified after going snap hook, retee, snap hook. Basically, those three shots—I could’ve been 4-under, but I was only one. I’ll have some work to do, but Parker is a nice guy, it’ll be fun to play with him again.”
The 28th Twin Cities Championship concludes Sunday with final-round tee times beginning at noon at Hastings Golf Club.
THE 28TH TWIN CITIES CHAMPIONSHIP
THEODORE WIRTH GOLF COURSE
6,475 YARDS, PAR 72
SATURDAY’S FIRST ROUND RESULTS
1. Parker Reddig, Hiawatha GC, 30-33—63
T2. Trent Peterson, Valleywood GC, 36-35—71
T2. Ralph Baxley, Valleywood GC, 38-33—71
T4. Erik Bredesen, Edinburgh USA, 38-36—74
T4. Dylan Gergen, Mendakota CC, 35-39—74
T6. Sawyer Bailey, Burl Oaks, 40-35—75
T6. Jason Pendleton, Olympic Hills GC, 36-39—75
T8. Bryan Fleegel, Blackberry Ridge GC, 38-38—76
T8. J.T. Johnson, Olympic Hills GC, 37-38—76
T10. Kyle Berg, Southern Hills GC, 40-37—77
T10. Max Fox, Hastings GC, 38-39—77
T10. David Gunderson, Theodore Wirth GC, 39-38—77
T10. Daniel Johnson, Hazeltine Nat’l GC, 42-35—77
T10. Tim McKenney, Baker Nat’l GC, 41-36—77