MADERA, Calif. (Sept. 19, 2011) -- There is a three way tie at the top after the first round of the 8th Annual Valley Amateur Championship at Riverbend Golf Course. Grant Rappleye, Scott Roak and Nick Moore each shot 2-under 70s to give them the final time off the first tee tomorrow morning. Rappleye, Roak and Moore all started off the 10th tee and coincidentally Rappleye and Roak played together in the 9:00 group with Moore trailing in the 9:09 group.
The three players’ rounds couldn’t have been more different as Rappleye played fairly steady, Roak got off to a solid first nine, and Moore closed impressively. Rappleye had 13 pars on the day two bogeys, two birdies and an eagle on the par 5 4th hole. Roak got to 3-under on his round through 11 holes, however, he had three bogeys over his final eight holes—to go along with two birdies—including one on his final hole. Moore made a double bogey on his ninth hole to make the turn at 2-over, but four birdies and no bogeys on his back nine got him to 2-under for the day.
Close behind the first round leaders in a tie for fourth are Matt Cohn and Orion Galioni, who both shot solid 1-under 71s. After that there are three players at 1-over 73. Defending champion Keith Okasaki is in a tie for 19th place after posting a 5-over 77.
In the senior flight, Gary Vanier, the 2007 Senior Valley Amateur champion, shot 5-under 67 to lead the senior division by four strokes. Vanier, who won his Senior Valley Amateur title at Riverbend in 2007, made five birdies and no bogeys on the day. His closest competitors are Casey Boyns, Herb Jensen and Ron Johnson at 1-under 71.
The final round of the 36-hole championship will commence tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.