Delivery alert

There may be an issue with the delivery of your newspaper. This alert will expire at NaN. Click here for more info.

Recover password

New Mexico Open is under way, with 41 players at par or better

Notah Begay putts during his round of 1-over-par 71 on Tuesday, the first day of the Paradise Hills New Mexico Open. Play continues Wednesday. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Copyright © 2019 Albuquerque Journal

A field of 156 players finished the first round Tuesday of the Paradise Hills New Mexico Open, the state’s major golf championship.

Of those, 41 shot par or better – and three share the lead – setting up the second round Wednesday at Paradise Hills Golf Course. (See the leaderboard here.)

At a distinctly New Mexican venue, however, it’s three out-of-state players who shared the lead after firing 5-under first-round 65s.

Of those, Edward Olson of Aptos, California, eagled the par-5 17th hole and finished the back nine with a sizzling 31 – and that’s after giving up a stroke with a bogey at No. 18.

His co-leaders are Brandon Bauman of Las Vegas, Nevada, who went 4-under 30 on the front nine, and Andrew Presley of Fort Worth.

But the co-leaders have no separation. Six more golfers are tied at 4-under 66, including Juan Benetiz, who sank seven birdies. And there are 10 golfers at 3-under – including Wil Collins of Albuquerque, tops among the local notables.

Among other past champions in the field, defending champion Sam Saunders went 2-under on Tuesday. He is coming off recent wins at the Colorado Open and Utah Open.

Saunders shares a spot on the board at 2-under with Rio Rancho’s Tim Madigan and former Lobo star recently turned pro, Sean Carlon.

Other local golfers of note include Albuquerque’s David Muttitt at 1-under 69 and D.J. Brigman at 3-over 74.

Past winners of the event include Lee Trevino, Paul Stankowski and Charlie Beljan.

The field is competing for a purse of $85,000 that includes a first-place check of $14,000.

Play resumes today with tee times from 7:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. at holes No. 1 and No. 10.

Begay tees off in that late slot with playing partners Pablo Rincon Gallardo and Timothy Paiz. Brigman and Saunders are in a threesome teeing off at 8:40 a.m. on No. 10.

Sam Saunders watches his iron shot during his first-round 2-under 68 on Tuesday. He was one of 41 players in the 156-player field to shoot par or better.

The final round is Thursday.

Updated scoring and pairings can be found online at nmopen.com and suncountrypga.com throughout the day.

Body starts here.

AlertMe

Advertisement

TOP |