MOORE — One tournament, so many stories. Here’s three.
The first one requires explanation about the course, Belmar, that’s hosting the Adams Pro Golf Tour’s OK Kids Korral Classic.
The course isn’t long, just 6,519 yards, with at least two very drivable par 4s in Nos. 2 and 10 and a couple others quite possibly within reach. And, it’s in impeccable shape, so the chances of getting a rotten bounce are low.
That’s why 12 players shot 66 or better in Wednesday’s first round of the 72-hole event that includes a prize purse in the neighborhood of $90,000.
Also, none of that makes it an easy course.
Huge patches of native grass no less than knee high line the course. Out of bounds comes into play on a few holes, but a chance to lose your ball comes into play on almost every hole. Drive it long and straight and make putts and you may not understand how four players failed to break 80 Wednesday. Hit it crooked and you might be very fortunate to break 80.
n Former Texas A&M golfer Jordan Russell kept it in play and made some putts.
Enough to shoot 61 on the par 70 course, even with a bogey on the short par 4 10th. Indeed, prior to the bogey, he was on pace to shoot 58 after shooting 6-under 30 on the par 36 front nine before tackling the par 34 back.
He made birdie at Nos. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15 and 18.
It was the lowest round of his life by two strokes, bettering a 63 he shot while the Aggie golf team was in Japan.
“I’ve been playing well the last two months,” Russell said. “Shooting some pretty low scores … I had some confidence coming into this week.”
This is his third Adams Tour event of the season. He tied for fifth despite a final-round 74 at the Gateway Buick GMC Classic in Garland, Texas, pocketing $4,355 for the effort and was in position to do some real damage last week in Miami, at the Buffalo Run Prairie Moon Casinos Classic, before a final-round 76 dropped him to 34th place.