Northern Amateur: Leader Jack Perry one of 4 under par; Valpo’s Bobby Jacobs 5 back
By Mike Hutton 613-0141 or email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org July 24, 2013 9:46PM
Updated: August 26, 2013 4:32PM
CHESTERTON — Sand Creek was a littler ornery Wednesday.
The golf course was oblivious to the fact that the field for the Northern Amateur was in town as special guests.
With an unusually blustery north wind, which brought temperatures down to the low 60s, and some tricky pin placements, navigating the course was a challenge.
Only four players — Otto Black, Thomas Shindler, Max Kollin and Jack Perry — broke par in the opening round.
Perry was the leader in the clubhouse with a 3-under 69 and Kollin followed with a 70. Shindler and Thomas both shot 71. The best round from a local player belonged to Bobby Jacobs of Valparaiso. He shot a 74. His teammate at Valparaiso, Kyle Meihofer, shot a 74. Nick Grubnich, a Crown Point graduate and junior at Indiana, shot a 76.
Perry’s round was solid.
A senior at Northwestern, Perry finished the season with the lowest 18-hole stroke average in the Big Ten.
He played pretty much like a No. 1 golfer, ignoring the windy conditions while keeping the ball in play.
He made four birdies and just one bogey. The bogey came after he blasted what he thought was a perfect drive on No. 5.
It was perfect until it landed in the bunker, 330 yards out. He was faced with a 70-yard bunker shot, which he chunked. Then, he bladed a chip past the green and chipped back to within 10 feet. He finished by making the bogey putt.
Perry was happy to be leading.
“The scores are a lot different,” he said. “Last year, I remember shooting 67 and being three or four strokes out.
Perry is at the beginning of a stretch in which he plays the Northern Amateur, the Western Amateur and the U.S. Amateur.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
Kollin, who just finished his freshman season at Indiana, said he was happy to get a good score on the board.
He made two bogeys and four birdies and he putted well.
Three of his birdies came on the par 5s.
“I’ve been fighting a bulky putter,” he said. “I finally putted well today.”
Kollin, who won the Division I high school state title in Michigan, said he has played well all summer with the exception of his putter.
“I feel like I’m really close,” he said. “I finally got a good round in.”
For Jacobs, who grew up playing the course, it was a stern test.
He finished with four bogeys and two birdies.
“They had some tricky pins,” he said.
Meihofer had his typical up-and-down day.
On his opening nine, he had four birdies, two pars, two bogeys and a double bogey.
Then he went to Nos. 10 and 11 and got it to 2-under before making bogey on five of the last seven holes.
He said his putting was inconsistent.
“I had some good putts and bad putts,” he said.