Trevor Brown’s objective for the first round of the Jace Bugg Henderson Men’s City Open was to beat the green.
The reigning champ surely did that on Saturday as he shot a 6-under 66 at the opening round of the competition at the Bridges Golf Course of Henderson.
Brown, who likewise won the City title in 2017, enters Sunday’s last round at Henderson Country Club with a five-stroke lead throughout double cross top dog Andy Davis, who shot a 1-under 71.
Hoping to turn out to be just the 6th golf player in the 53-year history of the competition to win upwards of three titles, Brown said he needs to focus on playing the course as opposed to the opposition or the size of his lead.
“I need to simply play the course,” Brown said after Saturday’s initially round. “That is the thing that I did today. I attempted to beat the course. I wasn’t stressed over the thing every other person was doing.”
He and Davis, who won consecutive City titles in 2018 and 2019, will be combined together for the two rounds of the competition.
“I’m glad that Andy and I are in the last gather without precedent for this thing. That will be a decent show tomorrow. We are both playing great,” Brown said. “My putts fell in today and his putts didn’t fall in today. He could undoubtedly be at 66 or 67 with me. He didn’t miss a lot of shots.”
Ben Hamilton, the 2016 hero, will join Brown and Davis in the last gathering. Hamilton and John Shelman, who played in a similar gathering on Saturday, are tied for third at 1-more than 73.
Brown, who made seven birdies, had his solitary intruder on the eighteenth opening. He rescued standard after a helpless tee shot on the standard three No. 4. “It landed shy of the green and moved into the fortification. I got that all over from that point. I imagine that was the defining moment. I remained in voyage control from that point,” he said.
In spite of for the time being precipitation and wet conditions promptly in the day, the field was needed to make light of the ball.
“It was really wet today. I attempted to ensure I hit everything strong,” Brown said.
Rather than playing from the more drawn out title tees, the competition was played from the white tees at the Bridges.
“For the first round, I realized I needed to shoot something with a 6 before it to allow me the best opportunity. The course offered that up today with it being from the white tees,” Brown said. “The climate made a difference. There was not a great deal of wind. The breeze got on the back nine and that made the last three openings really extreme.”
Last round play starts Sunday at 8 a.m. at Henderson Country Club.
Sunday Tee Times with Saturday’s scores
At Henderson Country Club
8 a.m. – David Morris 88, Ron Townsend 83, Jim Bugg 81, Alan Cunningham 80
8:08 – Randy McCracken 89, David Cook 88, Chris Nally 86, Ron Tomlingson 77
8:16 – Austin Cody 100, Kyle Ford 91, Tim Hoggard 90, Tim Mills 90
8:24 – Mike Church 86, Corey Roberts 86, Chris Holstein 84, Dan Melton 84
8:32 – Bob Cummins 84, Kevin Payne 83, Garrick Utley 81, Bruce Farley 80
8:40 – Jake Pritchett 79, DeWayne Edgerson 78, Jordan Strawn 77, Darian Curry 76
8:48 – Devin Morris 87, Mason Clement 77, Ron Bugg Jr. 77, Clay Church 75
8:56 – Connor Smith 75, Matt Hunsaker 75, Parker Brown 74, John Shelman 73
9:04 – Trevor Brown 66, Andy Davis 71, Ben Hamilton 73