Olympia Fields Four-Ball tees off
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (May 23, 2013) -- The teams of Rich Balla, Jr. and Grant Goltz and Tripp Davis and Mike Stamberger fired opening-round 71s and share the lead position after one round at the 2013 Olympia Fields Four-Ball at Olympia Fields Country Club.

On a cold and windy day with gusts out of the north above 25 miles per hour, the deep field took aim on the 7,050 layout.

The co-leading teams are one shot up on a trio of squads. The teams of Mike Wagner and Brett Martin, Nick Lambos and Gene O'Byrne and Michael Slaven and John Finnin and Todd Mitchell are all in at 72.

In the Senior Division, Michael Alsup and Ken Kee are two shots up on Jim Webb and Blake Watt thanks to an opening-round 70.

The story of the day was the par-5 1st. The tournament committee decided to use the newly added back tee, which stretched the opening hole to 608 yards for the Mid-Am Division. Back in to the wind it could have been classified as a four-shot Par 5 and it played the hardest hole on the course on day one with a stroke average of 6.11 for the Mid-Am Division.

ABOUT THE Olympia Fields Four-Ball

Tournament is 36 holes, 18 on the North and 18 on the South. The North course is the more famous, having hosted the U.S. Open. But the South Course, renovated in 2008 is now the preferred club of the members and is slated to host several important professional and amateur tournaments in the coming years.

This is an invitational event with entries usually being sent to U.S. Mid Amateur qualifiers and other players of note. Combined team index of 6.0 or less is required to be accepted into the tournament field.

Mid-Am Division: One or both competitors between 25 and 49 years of age
Senior Division: Both competitors between 50 and 59 years of age
Super Senior Division: Both competitors 60 years of age or older

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