Near-perfect weather and course conditions couldn’t yield low numbers in Saturday’s opening round of the city golf tournament.
Only two of the 48 players broke par at Greenbelt, and those two were just 1-under. Twenty-five-year-old Coleman Glick and 14-year-old Kody Reynolds each shot 71 to lead by two shots over the Coffey brothers after 18 holes.
“It could have been better,” Glick said. “I don’t want to get overconfident because there’s still two days left, and there’s a week break inbetween the second and third rounds, so literally anything is possible.”
Glick, a former Columbus North and Tusculum University golfer, fired a 34 on the front nine and a 37 on the back. Reynolds, who will be a freshman at Columbus East, went 35-36.
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Reynolds would have been in the lead by himself if not for a miscue on No. 9, where he missed tap-in par putt.
“I was feeling decent but was a little mad,” Reynolds said. “I didn’t make too many mistakes, other than that one tap-in. I didn’t hit into any hazards. Overall, I felt pretty good about my round.
Former North golfer Jake Coffey, who just graduated from Indiana Wesleyan and is now and auditor with state board of accounts, is tied with his brother Ian at 73. Jake Coffey had rounds of 35 and 38.
Jake Coffey was 2-under after 15 before going double bogey-bogey-par over the final three holes.
“I had a really good round going,” Jake Coffey said. “I just kind of choked on the last three holes, unfortunately. But other than that, I’m happy with how I played.”
The Coffeys played together with Glick in the first group of the day. Reynolds played in the second group.
Ian Coffey, a North grad who will be a sophomore at St. Francis, went 36-37. He was even-par before bogeying the last hole.
“I was playing really steady,” Ian Coffey said. “I still feel confident that I can make some moves (today).”
Three players — Eric Grider, Darren Hinton and Ross Pushor — are tied for fifth at 75. Recent Columbus North graduate Bryce Turner, who will be a freshman at St. Francis, carded a 76, and Wiley Umphress and East boys golf coach Tom LaBarbera each shot 77.
Today’s second round will be at Harrison Lake Country Club. The final round will be July 23 at Otter Creek.
The women’s city tournament begins Saturday at Greenbelt and concludes July 23 at Otter Creek.