Behm is first-round leader
Three-time city champ Matt Behm fired an even-round 71 at Glen Erin Golf Club to open a two-shot lead heading into today’s second round at Riverside.
Michael Ollerich, a newcomer to the tournament, shot 73 and is two back, while defending and two-time champion Sam Van Galder is three back after a 74.
Behm, who recently finished tied for 13th at the Wisconsin State Amateur, shot a 1-under 34 on his back nine after a 1-over 37 on the front.
Playing Glen Erin for only the second time this season, Behm was satisfied with his opening round.
“Out here I just tell myself I’ve got to stay patient,” Behm said of Glen Erin. “I get frustrated with a couple of the holes, mainly 12 and 15, but you have to hope it all evens out in the end. And today, for me, it did. I made a really long putt on one hole but then turned around and three-putted the next.”
Behm’s closest pursuers have to hope he doesn’t pull away in round two. Behm is the course record-holder at Riverside with a 10-under par 62 and won the prestigious Ray Fischer State Medal Play Championship there in 2006.
“I will mentally go into Riverside and try to shoot a 3-, 4- or 5-under round, but I’d be happy to go into Sunday with back-to-back even-par rounds,” Behm said. “I would love to have the lead going into Sunday.”
Ollerich’s consistent round featured 17 pars and one double-bogey on the par 4, 17th.
Van Galder struggled with a 39 on his front nine, but bounced back with and even-par 35 on the back.
“My score should’ve been better than that,” Van Galder said. “I three-putted two holes and missed a short birdie putt on 12. But, I’m still in pretty good shape. There’s a lot of golf left to be played.”
Seven-time champion Chris Pastore and 2002 champion Ryan Coffey are in a group of five that opened with 76 and are five back.
Al Herbst and Jordan Gagg both shot 76 to share the lead in First Flight, and Ryan Hutchinson’s 78 leads Second Flight.
Men’s City Tournament
At Glen Erin (Par 71)
First round results
74—Sam Van Galder
76—Ryan Coffey, Chris Pastore, Jay Fox, Doug Sheridan, Aaron Rondon
77—Rob Ackerman, Aaron Coffey
78—Ryne Clatworthy, Charlie Roherty, Greg Ruef
79—Mark Thomsen, Jake Downing, Sean Halverson, Bob Kennedy
81—James Stubbendick, Jordan Brovick, Braddy Bohlman
82—Jeff Farrell, Blair Schmeiser, Evan Diece, Mike Reid
84—Taylor Johnson, Michael Kletzien
75—Al Herbst, Jordan Gagg
76—Gary Neumueller, Gary Merk
77—Gary Polglaze Jr., Steve Schultz
78—Jimmy Mead, Matt Kempfer
81—Kevin Riley, Chad Sullivan
84—Curt Goodwick, Benjamin DeWitt
89—Rick Berry, Terry Kletzien
81—Dave Diece, Steve Anderson, Steve Caya
82—Jon Moldenhauer, Scott Shadel
84—Bryan Thorson, David Bitter, Shawn Gagg, Joel Bailey
88—Adam Underbrunner, Jim Barfield
82—Ned Moser, Greg Galvan
83—Scott Schroeder, Jeff Adams, Kevin Mickelson, Tim Millis.
84—Dan Hermanson, Todd Sitter.
85—Jeff De Garmo, Brian Gary
87—Brad Schumacher, Eric Scherdell.
88—Matt Ruppe, Greg Mullen
89—Dean Henderson, Michael Reid
90—Jose Perez, Andrew Coulter, Mo Kahn
91—Jacob Brandl, Paul Burkholder, Jace Fenton, Mark Bestul
97—Josh Guertin, Nathan Punzel
67—Jeff Lubke, Dennis Raabe, Bob Sarow
69—Richard Moore, Lee Braem
71—Steve Weiss, Ronald Johnson
72—Ron Pumilia. Dave Langowski, Scott Ericson
73—Phil Borkenhagen, Matt Runde, Doug Whitescarver
76—Chad D. Flanders
Last updated: 5:47 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012