Dylan Deogun, Daniel Hudson and Parker Redding lead the field at the 2015 Western Junior after completing rounds of 2-under 68 at Riverside Golf Club in North Riverside, Illinois.
A deluge Monday night flooded the area near the course, and cut short practice rounds for many in this year’s field.
Deogun, a native of Orchard Lake, Michigan, played less than eight practice holes before inclement weather forced tournament officials to close the course.
“I didn’t even see the back nine,” said Deogun, who will play collegiate golf at Mercer. “It went well, though. I hit a lot of greens, was really consistent with my driver and maybe missed two or three fairways.”
Deogun shot 34 on the back nine as did co-leader Daniel Hudson, who had decidedly more experience playing Riverside’s William B. Langford designed course prior to the start of the first round.
“I actually played here last week, and was lucky enough to get an early tee time yesterday,” said Hudson, a Western Springs, Illinois, native and Kansas Jayhawk. “I got in 36 holes before today’s round even started. It was nice to see the course. Conditions were soft, and with wedges in hand, you were able to get close to those tight pins.”
Reddig, a 16-year-old from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who recently committed to Florida State, was the first in the field to card a 68 on Monday, and just the eighth in the 156-player field to break par.
He said the course is holding its own against the country’s top junior golfers.
“It was tough, not gonna lie,” Reddig said. “It’s a shorter course but it wasn’t playing short today. The greens were tough. Hopefully, it dries up here in the next couple of days.”
The second round begins at 7 a.m. Wednesday with players vying to make the 36-hole cut (top 44 and ties). The final two rounds of the tournament will be played Thursday.
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