Kevin Kisner Lights Up Wet and Windy Bermuda Run
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Bermuda Run, NC- 2007 Match Play Champion and 2008 TPGG Classic runner-up Kevin Kisner birdied seven of his first fourteen holes Wednesday en route to a 5-under-par 65 and a one stroke lead after the first round of the Bermuda Run Open. The former University of Georgia All- American birdied four holes in a row beginning at the 13th (his fourth) which culminated in a first nine 31. Kisner made two birdies on his second nine, but double-bogeyed the hardest hole on Wednesday, the par-4 6th to finish with a 65.
Just one shot off the pace is Manor Classic runner-up Joel Hendry. The native of Scotland recorded four birdies against no bogeys in shooting a mistake free round of 4-under-par 66. Joining Hendry in second place is Pilot Mountain, NC native Tommy Gibson. Gibson, in a similar fashion to Kisner, had one mistake in double-bogeying the 429-yard par-4 13th hole, but offset the blunder with six birdies to fire a 4-under-par 66 and share second place.
Among the players sharing fourth place at 2-under-par are former USC-Aiken teammates Dane Burkhart and defending champion Scott Brown. Burkhart offset five bogeys with seven birdies in his 2-under-par 68. Brown, a two-time winner on the Tarheel Tour in 2007, played steady golf before birdieing his final two holes to close with 68.
Steady rain in the morning made scoring quite difficult, but Mother Nature was only beginning to put her stamp on Wednesday’s round. With temperatures dropping from the low 70’s into the high 50’s around lunch time and winds blowing in excess of 30 miles per hour, along with continuing rain made afternoon scoring brutally difficult. Only four players in the afternoon wave managed to break par, all firing impressive rounds of 1-under-par 69. Jason Kokrak, who finished third this year at the Cabarrus Classic, was joined by Scott Stallings, Kevin Silva and nearby Mocksville, NC native Seth Correll with the low rounds of the afternoon.
In total, only 15 players out of the 124 who teed it up on Wednesday broke par on the 6625 yard Par 70 West Course at Bermuda Run. The scoring average on the traditionally easier West Course was 73.89, nearly four strokes over par. The Bermuda Run Open moves to the Main Course for tomorrow’s second round with those making the cut playing again at the Main Course in Friday’s final round. Tee times tomorrow begin at 8:00 a.m. as the field looks forward to more pleasant conditions and lower scoring. As always, the event is free and open to the public.
Bermuda Run Open
Bermuda Run West Course
Par 70 6625 yards
1 Kevin Kisner Aiken, SC 34-31–65 -5
T2 Joel Hendry Bluffton, SC 31-35–66 -4
T2 Tommy Gibson Pilot Mountain, NC 31-35–66 -4
T4 Dane Burkhart Aiken, SC 35-33–68 -2
T4 Scott Brown North Augusta, SC 33-35–68 -2
T4 Elliot Gealy Sanford, FL 34-34–68 -2
T4 Nathan Smith 33-35–68 -2
T4 Kevin Larsen Santa Barbara, CA 32-36–68 -2
T9 Fernando Mechereffe Charlotte, NC 33-36–69 -1
T9 John Mc Allister Spartanburg, SC 33-36–69 -1
T9 Richard Scott St Simons Island, GA 34-35–69 -1
T9 Jason Kokrak Bradenton Beach, FL 33-36–69 -1
T9 Seth Correll Mocksville, NC 33-36–69 -1
T9 Scott Stallings Oak Bridge, TN 34-35–69 -1
T9 Kevin Silva Charlotte, NC 33-36–69 -1
T16 D.J Fiese Roswell, GA 36-34–70 E
T16 Blake Adams Eatonton, GA 32-38–70 E
T16 Tommy Biershenk Boiling Springs, SC 33-37–70 E
T16 Josh Teater Lexington, KY 33-37–70 E
T16 Justin Regier East Amherst, NY 37-33–70 E
T16 Matthew McQuillan Canada 36-34–70 E
T16 Michael Sims West Palm Beach, FL 34-36–70 E
T16 Bryant MacKellar Roswell, GA 36-34–70 E
T16 Paul Cormack Davenport, FL 34-36–70 E
T16 Drew Bowen Monroe, GA 33-37–70 E