The late eagle gives Forest the lead in the first round of the Winter Invitational
Former University of the Pacific golfer Beau Forest leads a select group of par-or-better players after the first round of the Amateurgolf.com Winter Invitational, presented by Callaway Golf.
Forest, who last played for the Tigers in the 2019-20 season as a junior redshirt, reached a 15th par 5 on the south course at Corica Park in Alameda, Calif., To go four under, where he would stay at 68. He was the third group to finish on Saturday and will head to Sunday ready for a shootout as 17 players rest at or below par, including a tie at four for second place at one. shot from behind.
Leonardo Vieira, who won a medal in the 2019 US Junior Amateur Qualifiers at Stanford Golf Course, joined Forest in the 15th eagling to help close his first round on an upbeat note. Vieira, a native of Castro Valley who calls Corica Park her home run, finished second in solo at last year’s Winter Invitational behind Pepperdine star Josh McCarthy, who has since turned pro.
Brendon Choe d’Orinda, Marc Engellenner of Rocklin and Andy Moren, new Pacific men’s golf assistant coach, round out the group of 69, with Moren’s bogey-free day featuring an eagle on the eighth par-4 drivable.
Engellenner will be looking to cap an impressive 2021 campaign – which included a four-stroke championship win at Sacramento City (thanks to a 62 final round) and a November win at the Dixie Mid-Master in Florida.
Engellenner and Moren split the Mid-Amateur two-point lead over Andrew McDonald and Jerry Ledzinski. Playing in the penultimate group with barely enough light to finish and the temperature dropping into the low 40s, Ledzinski hit the pin with his second hit with a 9 iron at 145 yards to set up a birdie tap-in. on the hole finish.
In the senior division, only Tony Ralph of Sunnyvale was able to display a red number in the first round. His three out of nine birdies in a row give him a one-shot lead over Gomer Pearcy. Pearcy of Aptos led most of the day but succumbed to three of 39 at the back despite the eagle in the 15th.
Tied for third at 74, Craig Miyamoto of Sacramento, as well as 2021 Senior Christmas Classic winner Michael Staskus. For Staskus, his turn gives him the Super Senior lead by one point over Jim Williams.
The Net Flight is led by Randall Schwartz at 72, followed closely by Tom Natividad at 73.
by Conner Penfold, special for AmateurGolf.com
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For players aged 25 to 49. Compete alongside the young players in the Championship Division (same tees, same prize opportunities) and if there are at least 10 Mid-Ams, a separate prize and trophy will be awarded.
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