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Neal Top on Perf. Flight
Jared Neal of Alabama leads the Performance Flight after he shot an impressive 61 during round 1 that was 13 under his projected score.
Neal said staying relaxed for the round helped him to stay within the ropes and have fun.
“Just coming to this tournament is my prize,” said Neal, who is treating this trip to Rock Hill as a birthday present. Neal was also the Daily Performance Winner for round 1.
Other top performers in round 1 include Kevin Tritten of North Carolina, who beat his projection by 9, Juho Rantalaiho of Finland, Roman Korol of Illinois, Austin Krise of Pennsylvania, and Kyle Maute of Colorado who all shot 7 strokes better than their projected.
Not everyone played as well as the leaders, but most would agree they enjoyed themselves on the course. For Hawaiian Thomas Logan it was just another day in paradise after shooting a 74, five over his projected. “It was a beautiful day for golf … Awesome,” said Logan, adding it was quite a sight to see Winthrop after many hours of traveling.
Clayton Nash of Mississippi, who shot 5 below his projected 70, was pleased he was able to hang tough with his round after two OB’s on the front nine. “By saving par it allowed me to keep pressing on,” said Nash, who finished top ten in the 2011 Performance Edition and cashed in 2009 as well.
Corey Westfall of Florida was disappointed in his round and was hoping to correct the mistakes for the upcoming rounds. Mickey Pennington of Kentucky felt the same way, but he said he still had a blast on the course.
Will Lewis of Virginia shot 9 over his projected 77, but his biggest memory of the day came from a 125-foot birdie on Hole 12. “The group was of course awesome to me and high-fived the heck out of me,” he said. Lewis said he’s a more competent woods player, but he loves being tested on what he calls “the toughest course anywhere.”