Jake Griffin and Peter Barros carved out medal-winning performances on the opening day of the 58th Bobby Gorin Invitational at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, July 25th, but for the second year in a row the weather — rain and lightning — created major problems.
In morning play, Griffin, from Kensington, Md., shot 35-37–72, even par for a North Course layout that was played at 6,525 yards, leading the 14-15 division by three strokes. Charlie Bundy, from Bethesda, Md., Md., and Ethan Chelf, from North Potomac, Md., tied for second. Barros, 13, also from Bethesda, carded 36-39–75 to top the 13-under division, beating Alex Maloy, from Potomac, Md., by a shot.
Play was suspended at 4:45 p.m., and later postponed with 27 players in the 16-18 division still on the course. They are scheduled to return July 26 to complete their tours and the full division will then play another stroke-play round to complete its part of the tournament.
Griffin’s round included a chip-in birdie at the second and two back-nine birdies, with a four-foot putt at the 17th stopping a rash of bogeys. The 15 year old, a rising sophomore at Walter Johnson High School, had tied for second in the Maryland State Juniors and tied for sixth in the Emmet Schoolboy last month.
Barros, who will be an eighth grader in the fall, finished with three birdies and three bogeys on his opening nine, then recorded a bogey and a double-bogey coming back for a course played at 6,195 yards. In age-group competition earlier in the summer he had finished third in the Maryland State Juniors and won the Bob Riley, closing out the triumph with a 74 after starting with 78.
Among the 16-18 players who had completed their rounds, Will Mullally, from Chevy Chase, Md., led with 70, followed by Dylan Rotter, Potomac, Md., 72.
On-Line Scoring ⇒ HERE
16 – 18 Age Division – Final Results ⇒ HERE