EL PASO, Texas – Hurly Long of Mannheim, Germany and Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights, Ill. are tied for first place after two rounds at the 2017 Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic. Both players posted an 11-under-par 131 on the par 71, 6,889 yard El Paso Country Club course.
Long started hot with four birdies in his first six holes to help him to a first-place tie after round one. He finished the day with 14 birdies, most by any player on the day.
“I told myself it was important to stay patient out here because you’re going to have a lot of chances,” said Long. “I’ve been putting well so I knew if I kept giving myself looks I’d be fine and that’s kind of the way it went.”
Ghim sank five birdies in the first round and added eight more in the second round to pull even with Long.
“It definitely helps to know the course,” said Ghim, who also made the trip to the Sun City in 2015. “This tournament is so much fun, the camaraderie with the guys who aren’t on your school’s team is just a lot of fun.”
Long and Ghim are one stroke ahead of Ben Griffin, of Chapel Hill, N.C. and Will Gordon, a native of Davidson, N.C., who both shot 10-under-par. Long and Ghim are holding on to a two-stroke lead ahead of Grant Hirschman, of Collierville, Tenn., who shot 9-under for the day.
Gordon, Long and Hirschman were in the same pairing, which was by far the best pairing of the day.
“Sometimes if everybody plays well in a group, that can really help you,” said Long. “I think that was the case today.”The final round of the Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic is, Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 8 a.m. (MT) at the El Paso Country Club. Tee times will start at 8 a.m. with the final groups beginning at 8:40 a.m. (MT).
Day One Results
Click here for printable results>> 2017 Day One Leaderboard _ Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic
T1. Doug Ghim: 67-64—131 (-11)
T1. Hurly Long: 65-66—131 (-11)
T3. Will Gordon: 66-66—132 (-10)
T3. Ben Griffin: 68-64—132 (-10)
5. Grant Hirschman: 67-66—133 (-9)
T6. Brad Dalke: 65-70—135 (-7)
T6. Dawson Armstrong: 66-69—135 (-7)
8. Shintaro Ban: 70-66—136 (-6)
9. Davis Shore: 67-71—138 (-4)
T10. Kyle Mueller: 69-70—139 (-3)
T10. Mason Overstreet: 70-69—139 (-3)
T12. Cole Miller: 70-70—140 (-2)
T12. John Augenstein: 72-68—140 (-2)
T12. Ryan Gronlund: 72-68—140 (-2)
T12. Doc Redman: 70-70—140 (-2)
T16. Blaine Hale: 71-70—141 (-1)
T16. Dylan Wu: 72-69—141 (-1)
T16. Ian Holt: 70-71—141 (-1)
T16. Franklin Huang: 73-68—141 (-1)
T16. Luis Gagne: 75-66—141 (-1)
21. Fredrik Nilehn: 77-65—142 (E)
T22. Alex Smalley: 69-74—143 (1)
T22. Kristoffer Ventura: 67-76—143 (1)
T26. Kyler Tate: 71-73—144 (2)
28. Chip McDaniel: 74-71—145 (4)
T29. Patrick Martin: 73-73—146 (+4)