Chris Thayer (CGA photo)
AURORA, Colo. (Sept. 28, 2018) – Different venue, same result.
It seems like wherever the CGA Mid-Amateur is held, Chris Thayer
of Walnut Creek Golf Preserve finds himself either in the lead or darn close to it.
Since 2014, Thayer's finishes in the championship have been first, second, second, first.
And on Friday in the 32nd edition of the Mid-Am -- an event limited to golfers 25 and older -- Thayer put himself in position to add to his stellar record by shooting a 5-under-par 66 and sharing the lead at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora.
The defending champion eagled the par-5 11th hole and added four birdies while making just one bogey in the first round of the 54-hole event.
Tied with Thayer at 66 was Jared Reid of Legacy Ridge Golf Course, who started on No. 10 and played his final nine holes in 6-under-par 30. He finished with eight birdies and three bogeys on the day.
Four players share third place at 68 -- Ryan Axlund of Valley Country Club, Nicholas Engen of Colorado Golf Club, Pete Mangold of Columbine Country Club and Stephen Powers of CommonGround. Mangold played his first two holes in 3 under par.
Though he hasn't won the CGA Mid-Amateur, Axlund has finished in the top 10 five straight years, including posting four top 5s.
Also among the 15 players who broke par on Friday were past champions Michael Harrington of Garden of the Gods Club (69) and three-time winner Jon Lindstrom of Lakewood Country Club (70), along with Nick Nosewicz of Meadow Hills Golf Course (69), who won the 2015 CGA Match Play at CommonGround.
In the new Super Mid-Amateur Division for players 40 and older, Harrington, the 2014 CGA Player of the Year, leads the way with his 69, while Lindstrom and Michael Slutzsky of Cherry Hills Country Club are next best, at 70. Since the same tees are used for everyone in the championship, the Senior Mid-Ams can still contend for the overall title.
Keith Humerickhouse of Glenwood Springs Golf Club, who won this CGA Mid-Am four straight times starting in 2010, struggled to an 81 on Friday.
ABOUT THE Colorado Mid-Amateur
Active CGA members. 54 holes of stroke play. A 36-
hole cut will be made to the low 40 players and ties.
player must be 25 years of age or older
of the first day of a tournament. Non-exempt
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