Despite tangling with a couple of tree roots on the 12th hole, Cedar Glen golfer Kurtis Barkley easily led Monday’s men’s Open field with a two-under-par 66.
To defend his 2014 championship title, Barkley was cruising along with a 31 on the front nine, when he ran into the root problem on the par four, 12th hole.
“I used a three-wood and drove through the fairway,” said Barkley. “It was sitting against a tree root. I tried to punch it out, and it hit a bunch of trees and ended up a few feet in front of me against another tree root.”
“I hit it twice and it went about five feet,” he said with a chuckle. “That cost me two strokes.”
Barkley went three under on the front nine with birdies on the par four, first and fifth holes, and the par three ,ninth. He bogied the par four, fourth hole for the 31.
Then on the back, along with the double on the 12th, he birdied the par four 13th hole and then ran up a string of pars for a back nine, one over 35, and his 66 finish.
“The course was in good shape,” said Barkley. “The fairways were firm and the greens were very quick. I putted well and was driving well, except for the three-wood through the fairway on 12.”
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