Coley Hunter, from Gonzaga College High School, produced a 1-under-par 71, the only sub-par round of the day, and took a three-stroke lead on the opening day of the 85th Frank Emmet Schoolboy championship at Worthington Manor Golf Club, June 20.
Hunter’s round was relatively unaffected by an early-afternoon rainstorm that blew through and although play was uninterrupted, it inflicted damage on a lot of scorecards. The 17-year-old leader was 3-over after three holes, ran off four successive birdies to turn 1-under and stayed there with a birdie and a bogey on the back. His only bogey after the third hole was at the 459-yard 12th where he failed to get up-and down from off the green.
The course in Urbana (Frederick County) was played at 6,706 yards to a par of 36-36–72. A companion event — a Pre-Schoolboy championship — was played at 6,251 yards. Corey Minkoff, from Gaithersburg, shot 75 and tops the 14-player group by two strokes.
Hunter, who made the 36-hole cut last year, included a 25-foot putt among his five birdies, with two others from close range and he reached the green in two at the 555-yard 13th and two-putted.
Bunched at 74 are Nicholas Barros, from Georgetown Prep; Elliott Haas, Urbana High School, and Pieter DeGroot, Gonzaga, followed at 75 by Ethan Shapiro, Potomac School; William Klein, Georgetown Day School, and Matthew Malits, DeMatha High School.
The full field of 64 players will play a second round June 21, and there will be a cut of half the Schoolboy players for the windup, June 22.
There is a team championship as well, with two of the three maximum players to count. Georgetown Prep No. 1, with Barros and Joe Hemsley, tops the list at 150, backed by the No. 1 (DeGroot and Patrick McCarthy) and No. 2 (Hunter and Sean McGarrity) teams from Gonzaga at 152.
Start times are available ⇒ HERE
Team Competiton Results from Round are ⇒ HERE