NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2013) -- Course conditions were difficult with hard, fast greens and a steady breeze but Joshua Rhodes, of Paducah, got off a hot start at Champion Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville on Monday for the opening round of the Kentucky State Mid-Amateur Championship. Rhodes, who was 5-under-par on his round through 16 holes, had a difficult couple of finishing holes to close with a 2-under-par total of 70.
He has a one shot lead over David Jasper, of Prospect, and Kyle Leach, of Louisville. 2013 Kentucky Match Play Champion, Joseph Deraney, of Lexington, finds himself an additional shot back, after an even par beginning to the Championship. A host of other notable players, including Defending Champion, Tyler Sharpe find themselves in the hunt less than five shots behind Rhodes. Sharpe, of Greensburg, opened with a round of 2-over-par 74.
Michael Crabtree, of Nicholasville, finds himself five shots back of the lead after his opening round of 75 – which included a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th hole.
In the Mid-Senior Division (Ages 40-54), Ken Francke, of Nicholasville, opened with a round of 79 which puts him one shot ahead of Jason Geer, of Louisville, and Casey Tooley of Summer Shade.
In the Senior Division (Ages 55 and over), Larry Brown of Prestonsburg, fired a solid round of 71 to lead Steve Humphrey, of Lexington, by four shots and Kenneth Kirchner, also of Lexington, by five.
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