Pictured: Barnes Blake, Baltusrol Golf Club
RED BANK, N.J. – Day one of the 101st W.Y. Dear Junior Championship got started Monday at Navesink Country Club, with the co-medalists Barnes Blake and Tyler Lee carding scores of 3-under 69. The final qualifying spot will be determined Tuesday morning after a storm derailed completion of a playoff on Monday evening.
Both Blake of Baltusrol Golf Club and Lee of The Ridgewood Country Club, co-medalists, played in the same group today.
“Tyler and I, we had a great match at the Met Junior," said Blake. "We both really pushed each other and made, I think 14 birdies in the span of 17 holes. We kind of have a history of when we play together, we typically like to push each other to play our best.”
“We all pushed each other pretty well and we made it seem like birdies weren't that hard to get out here” Lee said.
Reed Greyserman of Hamilton Farm Golf Club carded a 1-under par 71 to secure a spot in Tuesday’s match play bracket.
“I wasn't trying to hit anything crazy today," recalled Greyserman. "It's my first time seeing the course, so I'm just trying to learn it for match play, and just get around.”
Following the storm delay, 14 players tied at 2-over par 74 competed in a large playoff for the remaining 10 spots. After the first two golfers were eliminated, it came down to 12-for-10 spots, followed by 5-for-3 spots, 4-for-2 spots and finally, three players remaining for one spot, which will resume Tuesday morning before match play due darkness.
After the playoff concludes, match play will begin at 7:30 am at Navesink Country Club, where the round of 16 and quarterfinals will be contested.
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