SEASIDE, Calif. — The Northern California Open is underway at Bayonet Blackhorse Golf Course in Seaside, California. While the event consists mostly of professionals, many amateurs are in the hunt after day one.
Sitting just one shot off the lead is recent San Jose State graduate Daniel Semmler of Belmont, California. Semmler was nearly flawless, playing his first 16 holes bogey-free and collecting seven birdies along the way. A lone bogey on the par-5 8th hole (his second nine) cost him a share of the lead.
Also in the hunt is UC-Santa Barbara sophomore Zach Smith. Smith fired a 4-under 68 which included an impressive seven birdies. Smith has played well of late, finishing tied for 6th at last week’s California State Fair.
Smith and Semmler are chasing former California State Amateur champion Cory McElyea who opened with 65 to lead by one. A cut will be made after tomorrow’s round to the low 40% of the professional field and ties, and the low 6 amateurs and ties.