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Locals tee off at state's prestigious Davey Tree Ohio Open golf tournament

By Susan Jenior Correspondent Published: July 18, 2017 4:00 AM

The first day of the 97th Davey Tree Ohio Open Championship found 190-plus golfers in a tough competition for the Buckeye State's premier tournament.

With half the field playing at Weymouth Country Club and half golfing at Fox Meadow Country Club, both in Medina, it took a solid score of 63 (that's 9-under-par) at Fox Meadow to lead the tournament at the end of Monday.

There are 37 players under par in the event following Monday's opening 18 holes.

Today, the golfers switch courses to provide a 36-hole tourney prior to the cut, then the final day, on Wednesday, as the championship is played at Fox Meadow.

Stephen Gangluff, of Marysville, is atop the leaderboard at 9-under followed by Hartville's Jake McBride, who finished his round at 8-under-par (64).

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Former Kent Roosevelt and Kent State standout Randy Dietz, now of Tallmadge, is tied with Will Kurtz, of Hudson, a freshman on the Kent State men's team this fall, at 70 (2-under-par).

Dietz, playing at Weymouth, had five birdies in his round. Only one bogey and a double marred his scorecard that included 11 pars. Dietz played at Weymouth on Monday.

Kurtz only carded two bogeys, with four birdies, on his way to the outstanding round.

Another KSU alumnus, Rob Moss, now of Broadview Heights and Pepper Pike Club, is in the mix of 14 golfers tied at 2-under-par.

One stroke behind the cluster of golfers, firing a 70, is Mitch Camp of Club Walden in Aurora and former Mogadore High School standout Nathan Tarter.

Camp had four birdies on his way to the 71 score of 1-under-par as Tarter fired a solid round with five birdies.

Gangluff took the lead thanks to 10 birdies and one eagle on the Par 5, fourth hole at Fox Meadow.

Tee times begin at 8 a.m. at both Weymouth and Fox Meadow today.


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