Morrison takes first-round lead

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John Barry
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Perfect playing conditions led to a near-perfect round of golf for Andrew Morrison on Friday.

Morrison carded a 5-under par 67 at the Janesville Country Club to take a 4-shot lead after the first round of the Janesville Men’s City Golf Tournament.

Two-time defending champion Sam Van Galder is four shots back after an opening-round 71. Morrison and Van Galder were the only two to break par on the difficult Country Club course. Only 10 of the 100 players in the field broke 80.

Starting on the back nine, Morrison played the first nine holes 1-under. He then birdied the first four holes of his second nine and eventually got to 6-under before a bogey at 18.

“I made quite a few 10-12 footers downhill that are usually pretty tough to make out here,” Morrison said. “You had to pick the holes where the pin was tucked in the corner to give yourself a chance at some birdie opportunities, and I was able to do that.

“But more than anything, you’ve got to give yourself a chance on Sunday by not putting up a big score the first two days, and I was able to do that. This is the first time I’ve broke par on this course.”

Morrison’s only hiccup on his round was a double bogey on the par 4 12th and the bogey on his final hole.</p>

<p>Van Galder was 1-under on his front nine and even on the back. The 6-time city champ said a good round could’ve been better.

“I played pretty well but didn’t make any putts outside four feet,” Van Galder said. “And I really though the course was set up to have a good round, which Andrew did.

“But this tournament is never won on the first day. I’m in a good position going into Glen Erin tomorrow. A lot can change there.”

Erik Botts and Michael Oellerich both shot 1-over par 73s, while Michael Kletzein is fifth after a 4-over 76.

Today’s second round at Glen Erin features the same foursomes as Friday and the same tee times.

Sunday’s 18-hole finale is at Riverside.

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