OCALA, Florida (June 25, 2015) -- Despite the inclement weather conditions that resulted in a two hour and 30 minute suspension, Jimmy Jones and Matthew Bergstrom posted round one scores of four under-par, 68, to tie for the lead. Bergstrom, of Apopka, played his first round at Golden Ocala. He did not falter to any score over a par and posted four birdies to be the first 68 on the top of the leaderboard.
Jones, of Tampa, started the Championship at Ocala National where he birdied two of the first three holes. After four birdies on the front nine and two on the back nine, Jones met Bergstrom at the top of the leaderboard. The two players will switch courses tomorrow to battle for the outright lead. Bergstrom will head to Ocala National for a 9:21 tee time off of hole number 10 while Jones will travel to the opposite side of the street and tee off of hole number one at Golden Ocala at 9:39.
Six players are tied for third, one stroke from first place, with a three under-par 69. Jalen Ledger, Chandler Blanchet, Jacob Kline, Jake Kevorkian, Ryan Orr, and Matthew Marquez share third place going into Friday’s second round. The 2015 Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Champion, Joe Alfieri, fired two under-par to finish tied for ninth place.
Drew Cooke, who finished in the top ten at the Amateur Public Links on June 12-14, is currently tied for ninth place after round one. There were a total of 21 scores under-par after battling through the rain delay.
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