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ORLANDO, FL (December 28, 2016) -- 2016 NCAA Division II Individual winner Hugo Bernard and Vince Van Veen of the Netherlands are the first round leaders of the Orlando International Amateur. Playing on the Panther Lake Course at the Orange County National Golf Center both players opened with impressive 6-under 66's on day one and they will carry a two-stroke advantage into the second round.
Bernard birdied four of his first seven holes to swiftly reach 4-under. His momentum was stopped briefly with a ninth hole bogey but it was quickly regained with a 10th hole birdie that preceded birds on the 14th and 18th holes.
Van Veen, who finished seventh at the Dutch Mens Amateur Championship this year, started more slowly and he was 1-over through four holes before catching fire. A birdie on the fifth brought him back to even-par and then birdies on the seventh, 10th and 14th pushed him to 3-under. However, it is the three consecutive birdies that ended his day that will have people talking tonight.
North Florida senior Osten Waite and West Florida sophomore Jacob Huizinga are tied for third at 4-under.
Waite had an up-and-down day with seven birdies and three bogeys. His best stretch of the round came from Nos. 7-11 when he birdied three-times.
Huizinga birdied his opening two holes on his way to a six birdie and two bogey performance. His round finished on a high note with consecutive birdies.
On a day where 21 players broke par, six players will begin the second round tied for fifth at 3-under.
Ohio State senior Jessica Porvasnik has grabbed the first round lead in the Women's Division of the Orlando International Amateur following a 4-under 68 on the Crooked Cat Course at Orange County National Golf Center. The lead heading into Thursday's second round will be one-stroke over Ariadna Fonseca.
Porvasnik got off to a hot start with birdies on the second and third holes to quickly reach red figures. After a 2-under 34 front nine, the first team Big-10 performer from a year ago picked up two more birdies on the 12th and 13th holes to reach 4-under before dropping her only shot of the day on No. 16. Porvasnik didn't hang her head after the bogey as she birdied the ensuing hole for her fifth and final birdie of the day.
Ariadna Fonseca, a sophomore at Kansas, caught fire after the turn with a bogey-free 3-under 33 to overcome a 1-over front side. The back nine birdies for the Venezuela native came on Nos. 12, 14 and 17.
Mississippi States Ji Eun Baik, Amy Zhang and Ramya Meenakshisundaram share third place at 1-under and are the only other players under-par through 18-holes.
ABOUT THE Orlando International Amateur
The Orlando International Amateur Championship is
an annual golf tournament gathering high-level
amateur golfers from the United States of America
and abroad. 54-hole stroke play championship,
playing 18 holes per day.
Open to low-handicap amateurs, players who play
college golf, players who have qualified for any of
current year's USGA or R&A championships, and
those who have the recommendation of their
country’s Federation or Association.
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