Kennedy holds first-round lead in city golf championship

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John Barry
Friday, July 29, 2016

JANESVILLE—Bobby Kennedy admitted his golf game was not up to par this summer.

The Janesville Craig and Marquette University graduate said he was waiting for a breakout round.

He got it Friday.

Kennedy fired a 2-under-par round of 70 at the Janesville Country Club to take the lead at the Janesville Men's City Tournamant.

Michael Oellerich shot an even-par round of 72, putting him two strokes back. Defending champion Sam Van Galder is three shots back.

Today's second round is at Riverside, and Sunday's finale is at Glen Erin.

Kennedy's round featured four birdies and two bogeys, including a birdie at No. 18, where he stuck his approach shot to within a foot of the cup.

“I tried to keep it simple today,” Kennedy said. “That meant hitting as many fairways and greens as possible.

“I honestly hadn't been playing very well, but today, things kind of fell into place.”

Oellerich, who has had a very productive summer, sits two shots back. He had three birdies and three bogeys in his round.

The five-time champion Van Galder birdied No. 18 to finish on a high note. He was 1-under on the back nine but was disappointed with his play on the front nine.

“I would say I brought my C game today,” Van Galder said. “It seems like every time I did something good, I turned around and did something stupid. I was 10 feet from the green on my drive on No. 17 and ended up with a bogey.

“I am really close to playing great golf. Hopefully, I can light it up tomorrow.”

Three-time champion Brad Bohlman is five shots back, while Erik Botts, Matt Kempfer and Andrew Morrison are six back.

Only 12 golfers broke 80 on the difficult Country Club course. Scores figure to be considerably lower today at Riverside, where pins are much more accessible.

The field will be flighted after today's second round for Sunday's conclusion of the 54-hole tounament.

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