71… not bad for an amateur

It’s been a big year already for Myles Sullivan but there’s nothing like a little home cookin’ to bring it all together.

Sullivan, who won the Manitoba Junior Men’s Championship last week and recently committed to attend the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on a golf scholarship, started this week off shooting a one-over 71 on Monday in the opening round of the 2011 Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur Championship on his home turf at Portage Golf Club.

Sullivan picked up a pair of birdies in the first round in stifling heat and blazing sun to sit tied for 18th among the field of 119 golfers from across the province heading into today’s second round. The cut will be made today to the lowest 60 players.

Derek East of the St. Charles Golf and Country Club had the best round of the day, firing a 65 on the par-70 layout. Defending champion Peter More shot one-under 69 along with four other players.

“It has been a pretty good year so far and I’m really happy to have the chance to play in this event at home. It’s a lot of fun and helps a bit with the travel costs to be able to stay at home,” said Sullivan, who graduated last month from Portage Collegiate.

“It was a bit of a disappointing start. I hit the ball pretty well but didn’t make a bunch of putts. It’s a four-day tournament and you’re not going to win it on the first day.”


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