Van Galder, Behm tied after one round
JANESVILLE By Tom Miller
The sun rose in the East. It didn’t rain. Matt Behm and Sam Van Galder are tied for first in the Championship Flight of the Janesville Men’s City Golf Tournament.
Yes, things went as expected Friday.
Behm, the defending Championship Flight champion, has won the title three times since 2006.
Van Galder has won in 2007 and 2010.
Both shot 3-under 69s in Friday’s opening round at Riverside to open three-shot leads over both Peyton Graham and Michael Oellerich, who each shot even-par 72s.
Ryan Coffey, Aaron Coffey and Dustin Richards each shot 73 to trail the co-leaders by four shots going into today’s second round at Glen Erin Golf Club.
Behm had four birdies and a bogey on his card.
Van Galder’s round featured an eagle on the par-5 No. 4 hole, three birdies and two bogeys.
Van Galder was satisfied with his 69.
“I hit it pretty decently, not great,” Van Galder said. “I had a lot of 12-footers for birdies.”
The highlight of his round was on the 505-yard, par-5 No. 4, where Van Galder recorded the only eagle of the first round.
“I hit driver, 7-iron to three feet,” Van Galder said. “It was downwind.”
Van Galder said the greens were soft, as were the greens at Glen Erin when he played there earlier this week. That made approach shots easy to stick.
“I missed six or seven putts within 12 feet,” he said. “It seems that is the way it has been going. One day I’m going to catch fire with the putter.”
While Behm and Van Galder did the expected in the Championship Flight, Mike Lansing made the news in the First Flight.
Lansing matched Behm and Van Galder with a 69 to take a six-shot lead over Jake Hassinger.
Lansing recently retired from his job as director of engineering in a Chicago firm, which gives him more time to spend on the golf course.
“I did play competitively in college, but this is the first time I’ve played in the city tournament in 40 years,” the 60-year-old Lansing said.
Lansing birdied Nos. 4, 6, 14 and 15 en route to his 69.
“I would have to say this is one of my better rounds,” he said. “I was a little bit lucky. I made a few putts that normally I wouldn’t make.”
Lansing has played at Glen Erin.
“It’s a challenge,” Lansing said. “I don’t hit the ball as far as I used to, so it might be difficult to keep up the lower score.”
Hassinger would have been closer to Lansing, but he had to take a two-stroke penalty for hitting a wrong ball on No. 18.
Kevin Riley was the first-round leader in Second Flight with a 77. That put him one shot ahead of a group that includes Jon Moldenhauer, Ryan Luebke, Ben DeWitt, Steve Wagner, Brent Corey and Jacob Bandi.
Jose Perez leads the Third Flight after shooting a first-round 78. Tom Collins and Eric Scherdell are one shot back.
In Net Flight competition, Steve Weiss took a four-shot lead with a 61.
FIRST-ROUND RESULTS FRIDAY
At Janesville Riverside
69—Matt Behm, Sam Van Galder.
72—Peyton Graham, Michael Ollerich.
73—Ryan Coffey, Aaron Coffey, Dustin Richards.
74—William Pappas, Jordan Borvick, Taylor Braun.
75—Aaron Rondon, Ryne Clatworthy, Jim Leute.
76—Bobby Kennedy, Doug Sherian, Greg Ruef.
78—Jake Downing, Charlie Roherty, Jordan Gagg, Jerry Rabbach.
79—Jon Phillips, Bill Kennedy.
80—Rob Ackerman, Andrew Tearman.
83—Michael Kletzien, Jay Naatz.
77—James Mead, King Clark.
79—Mike Johnson, Greg Wagner.
80—Gary Neumueller, Gary Merk.
81—Curt Goodwick, Nolan Moran, Chad Sullivan, Shannon Dooley.
82—Al Herbst, Steve Schutz.
87—Gary Polglaze Jr.
77—Kevin Riley, Greg Mullen.
78—Jon Moldenhauer, Ryan Luebke, Steve Wagner, Benjamin DeWitt, Brent Corey, Jacob Bandi.
79—Dave Diece, John Hill, Wayne Hansen.
84—Joe Nemeth, Steve Thurner.
85—Jeff Adams, Shawn Gagg, NIck Kliefoth.
79—Tom Collins, Eric Scherdell.
83—Todd Sitter, Bryan Thorson.
85—Randy Krueger, Scott Schroeder, Andrew Schoeder.
90—Tim Millis, Jeff DeGarmo.
69—Richard Moore, Howie Henning.
70—Jace Fenton, Tom Fenton.
75—Greg Fiedler, Bill Hess.
76—Paul Burkholder, John Ward.
77—Nathan Punzel, Dave Langowski.
78—Joe Slatter, Bryan Whitehead.