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Barry Brown leads by one after the First Round of North Senior Amateur.
Author: TGA Staff
April 11th 2017 - Barry Brown leads by one after the First Round of North Senior Amateur.
 
Fort Worth, TX – Barry Brown leads the North Senior Amateur after an opening round, 2-under-par, 70 at Ridglea Country Club's Championship Course. His seven birdie performance vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard by one over a group of three players. Bryan Winnett leads all Super Seniors after a 1-over-par, 73.

Barry Brown of McKinney didn’t start off to the fastest start with bogey on his first two holes (hole #10 and #11). However, he made up for it quickly with three straight birdies. Brown added one more on the outward nine on the par 4, 17th to turn at 2-under-par. His back nine, the course’s front, saw more red numbers for Brown with birdies on the third and fourth hole.
Unfortunately, he gave both back in the next two holes. Trading bogey for birdie on the eighth and ninth, he closed the round at 2-under and atop the leaderboard.

Three players sit just one shot back after the first round. Two of those players have once before held the title of North Senior Amateur Champion. The 2012 Champion, John Grace of Fort Worth, recorded three birdies for his 1-under-par round. The 2014 Champion Chuck Palmer of Dallas salvaged the round with back-to-back birdies on his back nine to reach the subpar total. The third member of those who trail Brown by one is Lelan Chiles of Granbury, who closed in style with four birdies in his last seven holes.  

The 2016 North Senior Amateur Dave Davis sits two back after carding an even par round of 72.

Overall, 11 players are sitting just three shots off the pace set by Brown.

In the Super Senior Divison, Fort Worth’s own Bryan Winnett takes hold of the lead with an even-par, 72 after the first round. Winnett was 2-over-par in his first five holes but closed with three straight birdies on holes seven through nine.  Bogeys again plagued his opening few holes of his second nine but like before closed strong with birdies on the 16th and 17th. A par on the last gave him the lead by one.

James Long, Granbury, trails Winnett by one and used a three birdie performance to get him there. His 1-over-par, 73 will put him in the final group on starting the back side with Winnett.

The Championship Course at Ridglea Country Club played to 6,623 yards for the Senior Division and 6,037 for the Super Senior Division.

Starting Times will once again begin off the 1st and 10th tee at 8:00am. Barry Brown will be looking to close the door on the field at 9:57 AM off the 1st. For more Information, please click here.
 
 
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