John Milner leads after first round of city golf tournament
JANESVILLE—John Milner warmed up for the Men's City Tournament by spraying balls around the Riverside practice range.
The Janesville Parker senior couldn't get comfortable and was worried about how it would translate into his round.
He got his answer on the first hole. Milner birdied No. 1 and played steady golf after that in firing a 2-under 70 to take the lead after the first round of the 54-hole tournament.
Four-time champion Matt Behm is one shot back thanks to a 1-under 71, while two-time defending champion Sam Van Galder is two shots back after an even-par 72. Ryne Clatworthy is also two shots back.
The fact that only two golfers broke par at the accessible Riverside course doesn't bode well for the next two rounds, where the more formidable Glen Erin and Janesville Country Club courses loom.
Milner was 4-under on the front nine but gave two strokes back on the back nine. A double-bogey at No. 13 was the only hiccup on his card.
“When I start my round, I don't look for a score,” Milner said. “I just try to execute each shot, and the score is the result of each shot.
“But I was hoping to go under par. I like being in the lead and having people chase me. It feels good.”
Behm and Van Galder are both on his heels. Behm, the course record-holder with a 62, was 3-under after seven holes but bogeyed No. 8 and No. 9. He had two birdies and two bogeys on an even-par back nine.
Van Galder mixed four birdies in with four bogeys.
“I played just OK,” Van Galder said. “I didn't really do anything to hurt my chances, but then I really didn't do anything to help them, either.
“I drove No. 17 (a par four), but then 3-putted from about 10 feet for par. That's the kind of day it was.”
Clatworthy had three birdies and three bogeys in his even-par round.
Former champion Ryan Coffey is four shots back along with Adam Griffin.
Jake Hassinger and Kevin Riley lead first flight after opening-round 76s, while Tyler Schwenkner leads second flight thanks to a 79.
Bill Hess shot 81 and leads third flight, with Matt Runde the net flight leader after a net-60.
Schmoldt aces No. 15
Eric Schmoldt's first appearance in the City Tournament was a memorable one.
Playing in the net flight, Schmoldt got his first career hole-in-one with an ace on the par 3, 15th. Schmoldt used an 8-iron on the 136-yard hole. The shot was witnessed by playing partners Jeremy Zahn and Matt Runde. Schmoldt finished with a net-76 and is in fourth place.