Greyson Porter shot 65 today at Wilmington Island Club
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SAVANNAH, GA (July 27, 2017) — For the 35th time, players teed it up today in Savannah for the area’s premier amateur golf event, the Oglethorpe Invitational.
After a two hour delay in tee times due to overnight rain, players were more than ready to hit the soft and receptive greens at the host Wilmington Island Club with some ferocity on Thursday.
Florida State golfer Greyson Porter took the reigns in his opening round of what he hopes to be a three-day winning campaign, firing a 6-under-par 65.
"Apparently it poured last night.” said Porter as he began to recount his day. "There was some wind off and on light rain, but overall It was really a pretty nice day, and the course isn’t playing too difficult. If you can get off the tee and hit the fairway, then you're looking at a birdie opportunity on every hole in my opinion.”
Indeed, Porter birdied seven holes this afternoon. He made his only bogey on No. 10, just after a short stretch in which he would birdie No. 8, then proceed to hole out from a green-side bunker for one more birdie on No. 9.
“From there on out I birdied four out of five holes, from 13 to 17. I kind of got on a roll right there.”
His four birdies in five holes tear began with a 35-footer on the 13th. Porter would credit his wedge for his performance today, which he would pepper the flagsticks with coming home.
Scarily enough for the field in Savannah this weekend. Porter seems confident that there is room for improvement in the coming rounds.
“I felt like I could have hit it a lot better today so I think that’s something to look forward to the next few days," he said. "Hopefully I can put up a couple other good scores and get the putting going.”
Porter is trailed most nearly by Travis McInroe, who wrapped up his freshman golf season at Baylor University in the fall. McInroe is currently one-back, having shot 66 in his opening effort.
ABOUT THE Oglethorpe Invitational
54-hole stroke play event (with 36-hole cut) has
been a good mix of collegiate, mid-amateur, and
senior players since its inaugural playing in 1983,
which was won by three-time PGA Tour winner
Gene Sauers. Entries open to amateurs with USGA
handicap index of 5 or less.
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