Estes, Gylan get familiar with Tournament of Champions first-round lead

September 26, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |
  • Beaver Creek Country Club professional Dirk Schultz blasts out of a sand trap at No. 11 at Beaver Creek on Monday during the opening round of the Middle Atlantic PGA Tournament of Champions.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Jim Estes and Jaime Gylan were in no way familiar with Beaver Creek Country Club. Maybe that unfamiliarity was a good thing.

Estes and Gylan each fired 4-under-par 68s on Monday for the first-round lead in the Middle Atlantic PGA Tournament of Champions.

They’ll go back at it together in their final round this morning at 10, knowing just a little more about the Beaver Creek layout that played to a tough 6,912 yards.

Local host and favorite Dirk Schultz never really got started on Monday and ended back in the field with an 4-over 76. Black Rock pro Tim Reeves settled for a 77.

Estes, a 47-year-old from Germantown, Md., playing out of Olney Park Golf Club, came in with a 3-under 33 on the front and finished off with a 35, just three groups after Gylan had posted his 68, which included a torrid 4-under 32 on the front nine.

“Not since I was a kid did I play here and I didn’t remember anything about it,” said Estes. “I’m a little surprised. I never have expectations.”

Estes knocked down six birdies overall — four birdies on the front and two on the back.

“I had good irons in. You need to because these are smallish greens,” said Estes.

Gylan, a 32-year-old pro from Raspberry Falls Golf Club in Leesburg, Va., thought he could have gotten more out of his score.

“I left some makeable putts out there, some six-, eight-footers,” said Gylan. “I got the early birdies and that gave me momentum.”

Gylan birdied holes 3,4, 7 and 9. He took a step back with two bogeys on the back nine, but got his charge back with an eagle-3 on the par-5 15th hole.

“You just try to pick out your line and execute your golf shot,” Gylan said of his approach to playing Beaver Creek for the first time.

Jody Rokisky, Rick Schuller and Patrick Hawkins were bunched in a tie for third place with 2-under-par 70. Phil Bowers and Billy Hoffman each shot 71 and Chad Moseley had a 72.

Rokisky, professional at Holly Hills Country Club in Ijamsville, Md., will be in the final group with Estes and Gaylan.

“Very happy,” Rokisky said, summing up his round. “I haven’t played but two rounds competitively since mid-August, so I had no expectations. I had a solid round.”

Schultz, meanwhile, couldn’t get untracked from the start.

After a par to begin, Schultz had three straight bogeys and never recovered.

“No rhythm, no timing,” he said. “The driver was good, but I just couldn’t get the feel for the irons and putter. Just gotta come out (Tuesday) with a 63.”

Uncharacteristic of Schultz, he bogeyed each of the par 3s.

In the 50-age division, Bud Lintelman, of Westpark Golf Club in Virginia, posted a 5-under 67 from the white tees, which measured 6,377 yards.

In the 60-age division, Musket Ridge professional Larry Ringer, from Shepherdstown, W.Va., shot an even-par 72 for the first-round lead.

MAPGA Tournament of Champions
At Beaver Creek
Yards: 6,912 Par: 72
First round
Jamie Gyland    32-36-68
Jim Estes    33-35-68
Jody Rokisky    34-36-70
Rick Schuller    34-36-70
Patrick Hawkins    35-35-70
Phil Bowers    37-34-71
Billy Hoffman    34-37-71
Chad Moseley    35-37-72
Adam Farry    37-36-73
Mark Evenson    36-37-73
Jimmy Flippen    38-35-73
Jay Lindell    35-39-74
Chris Oleson    40-34--74
Justin Heimer    38-36--74
John O'Leary    39-35--74
Chip Sullivan    39-35--74
Brendon Post    37-37--74
Gary Mankulish    38-37--75
Mike Wheeler    37-38--75
Richard Runyon    39-36--75
Jason Toryk    40-35--75
David Newsom    39-36--75
John Miller    37-39--76
Brendan McGrath    39-37--76
David Hutsell    37-39--76
Dirk Schultz    38-38--76
Tim Reeves    38-39--77
Tom Michaels    38-39--77
Brett Robertson    37-40--77
Rick Serrano    40-37--77
Geoff Montross    39-38--77
Randi Miller    38-41--79
Peter Labourdette    42-37--79
Justin Keith    40-42--82
Geoff Regrave    41-41--82
Arthur Shih    38-45--83
Steve WenPetren    38-45--83
Nick Zaloga    42-42--84
50-59 Division, 6,377 yards
Bud Lintelman    34-33--67
John Francisco    33-37--70
Tim White    35-36--71
Fran Rhoads    36-36--72
Bob Dolan    36-36--72
Tim Lewis    39-34--73
Marty O'Rear    35-38--73
Dave Eaton    36-39--75
Marty Johnson    37-39--76
Mike Farwell    38-39--77
George Lodge    44-44--88
60-over Division, 6,377 yards
Larry Ringer    35-37--72
Bob Bilbo    36-42--78
Jimmy Williams     38-40--78
Roger Hatcher    41-38--79
Frank Blind    41-39--80
Bill Wallace    43-48--91

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