By Bill Huffman
Michael Wog of Scottsdale, one of the pre-tournament favorites, managed to shoot a one-under-par 69 in windy conditions for the first-round lead in the Arizona Stroke Play Championship at the TPC Scottsdale’s Champions Course.
Wog, the Arizona Golf Association’s player of the year in 2009, was the only player to break par in the windy conditions Thursday, although six players equaled it including Scottsdale teen-agers Blake Cannon and David Lowe, as well as Chandler’s Peter Kyo Won Koo, a 15-year-old.
Ken Kellaney, a Phoenix banker and the AGA’s player of the year a record 10 times, also was among the leaders at 72. Kellaney was joined at that number by the other favorite in this major championship, Andrew Medley of Scottsdale.
Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Tim Rattay shot 73, and Tucson’s Alex McMahon, the recent winner of the prestigious Thunderbird Invitational, was at 74.
The Stroke Play is a 72-hole tournament that runs through Sunday with a cut after 36 holes to the low 60 players and ties.
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