Nathan Norris of Willcox shot a four-under 67 to take a one shot lead over Gary Quinn of Anthem, Tom Callahan of Sierra Vista and Marc Apps of Payson in first round of the stroke-play qualifier of the 84th Arizona Amateur Championship at Troon Country Club in Scottsdale.
Other notable players include Michael Wog II of Scottsdale, who shot an even par 71, and Tim Duffey of Anthem, who carded a two-over 73. Ken Kellaney of Phoenix, a five-time winner of this event and the 2007 runner-up, withdrew.
Two holes-in-one were recorded. Camron Howell of Queen Creek aced the 171-yard 15th hole with a sand wedge and Josh George of Phoenix aced the 172-yard seventh hole with a pitching wedge.
The top 64 players after today will advance to match play.
Norris, 29, had an eagle, three birdies and one bogey, that coming on his ninth hole, the 440-yard par-4 18th hole. Norris’ putt lipped out from six feet after hitting his tee shot into the deep rough.
“This is exciting and it’s awesome to be playing well again,” he said. “I just played solid and had some things go my way. I didn’t do anything spectacular, except an eagle and one bogey all day.”
Quinn, 19, a graduate of Boulder Creek High School in Anthem, will attend Ohio State University in the fall on a full golf scholarship. The two-time defending Anthem County Club champion and 2007 5A Division I state champion had an up-and-down round that started with a double-bogey six on the 430-yard first hole, a birdie on the third and a bogey on the fifth. He came back strong with four consecutive birdies starting on the sixth hole to finish the front nine at two-under 35.