Tyler Duncan made his presence known in a big way Monday in the first round of the Indiana Open.
Wearing a bright orange Otter Creek polo shirt on his home course, the former Columbus North and Purdue star put up a 5-under-par 67 to take the early lead in the 72-hole event. Five players would match Duncan to create a six-way tie going into today’s second round.
Duncan birdied Nos. 1, 5 and 7 and shot 33 on the front. He used back-to-back birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 to get to 5-under before bogeying No. 16 and birdieing No. 18.
“Anytime you shoot under par out here at Otter, it’s a pretty good day,” Duncan said. “I did everything pretty well today. I made some pretty good putts out there and kind of hit it where I needed to most of the day.”
Andy Winings of Fishers, Craig Bowden of Bloomington, Eric Huther of Indianapolis, Blake Russell of Monticello and McCormick Clouser of Bluffton are tied with Duncan at 67. Tyler Gray of Jasper is one shot back at 68.
Recent North graduate Michael VanDeventer is in a seven-way tie for eighth place at 3-under 69, despite a bogey on his final hole.
“I was a little disappointed to give one back at the end, but overall, I hit the ball well from the fairways on in,” VanDeventer said. “I got a little loud with the driver, but if you’d have told me at the beginning I was going to shoot 69, I’d have taken it.
“Obviously, Tyler is going to be tough to beat, along with some other guys, but if I can keep hitting greens and making some putts, I’ll take my chances,” he said.
North graduate Coleman Glick, who will be a senior at Tusculum, is tied for 56th at 74. North grad Jake Coffey, who will be a sophomore at Indiana Wesleyan, is tied for 65th at 75.
Columbus East graduate Kenny Chavis, a 42-year-old amateur, is tied for 94th at 77. East grad Ryan Myers, the co-owner and general manager of Shadowood, is tied for 105th at 78.
The field will be cut to the top 70 and ties following today’s round.