IRVINGTON, W.V. (Aug. 24, 2012) -- Fredericksburg’s Jon Hurst shot 5-under-par 67 and leads after the first round of the 9th Virginia State Golf Association Public Links Championship being conducted at the Golden Eagle Golf Club (6,815 yards, par 36-36—72). The championship is open to bona fide public course players.
Hurst, 42, owns a one-stroke lead over Jon Zampedo of Centreville, who returned 4-under 68, entering Saturday’s second round of the 54-hole stroke play championship. Fellow northern Virginian Jimmy Delp (Arlington), the 2009 event champion, opened with 3-under 69, while 2010 winner Brad Chambers of Galax completed the four rounds in red numbers on day one, carding 1-under 71.
After shooting two under on the first nine, Hurst, a member at Lee’s Hill Golfers Club, played a five-hole stretch from Nos. 13-17 in three under. The season continues a season of strong play for the reinstated amateur; he is tied for fourth among point-earners in the VSGA player rankings, won the Chatmoss Invitational and owns seven top-10 finishes in VSGA points events thus far this season.
Zampedo, 52, registered a day-one best eight birdies to offset four bogeys. He ran off three straight birdies to start his round, but made a trio of bogeys to turn in even par. A member at military-based course Fort Belvoir Golf Club, Zampedro made sure their wouldn’t be a second letdown, collecting four straight birdies to begin the inward half; he added another at No. 15 and made just one bogey over the final nine holes.
Delp, 33, ignited an otherwise pedestrian round by making an eagle-3 at the par-5 16th and accounting for a birdie at the last to stay within striking distance. Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Chambers played steadily throughout, mixing in a pair of birdies against a bogey to go along with 15 pars.
After Friday’s first round, there are six competitors within four strokes of the lead. Zach Hall, 21, of Burgess and Richmond’s Kyle Fuller, a 19-year-old rising sophomore at Randolph-Macon College, each shot even-par 72, while Dan Hosek (Alexandria), a former VSGA Mid-Amateur champion, had 73.
The championship’s second and final rounds are set for Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 25-26.
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