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Killpack, Fowles Lead Provo Open After First Round

Defending Champion Nick Killpack and fellow St. George, Utah golf pro Casey Fowles took a strong lead in the first round of the 72nd Provo Open contested at the Reserve at East Bay golf course in Provo, Utah yesterday. Killpack and Fowles carded seven under rounds of 65 in blustery conditions on the course that is celebrating its 25 year anniversary.
 
Tommy Forsman, son of PGA Champions Tour pro and Provo resident Dan Forsman, leads a strong field of amateurs with a first round score of 68.
 
Starting on the 10th tee, Killpack’s round began with a flurry by carding two birdies and an eagle to get to four under par within his first seven holes. Three more birdies on the his back nine (the course’s front nine) moved him to the top of the leader board. Killpack recorded no bogeys on the par 72 course.
 
“I birdied four of the par 5s today and eagled the 16th. I got one more birdie at the par 4, 5th hole. I pretty much scored where I needed to, said Killpack. “I love the way they set up this tournament. If you have it going you are going to score well and if you are a little off you are going to have to pay for it. I think that’s the way it should be. I love playing here.”
 
Fowles’ round included two birdies and an eagle on the par 5s but he also carded four other birdies on the day including a holed bunker shot on the par 4, 18th.
 
“The wind was really blowing on the 18th hole. I hit driver, 5-iron and landed in the front left bunker. I had a pretty awkward lie with one foot in and one foot out of the bunker. Luckily, my shot out of the bunker hit, checked up and rolled right in,” said Fowles. “I think the key to my round was just being able to stay patient. I was one over after three holes to start my day but got birdies on my fifth and sixth holes then really scored well on the back nine.”
 
Fowles’ bogey on the par 3, third hole cost him the outright lead for the opening round.
 
Following Friday’s second round action the Provo Open will have a 36-hole cut to low 40 amateurs, 30 professionals and ties. The championship round will be played on Saturday at the Reserve at East Bay golf course.
 
Provo Open Leader Board:
 
T1 -7 65 Nick Killpack
T1 -7 65 Casey Fowles
T3 -4 68 JR Shears
T3 -4 68 Tommy Forsman (a)
T5 -3 69 Luke Swilor
T5 -3 69 Steve Schneiter
T5 -3 69 Cameron Crawford
T5 -3 69 Pete Stone
T9 -2 70 Cole Ogden (a)
T9 -2 70 Jake Peterson (a)
T9 -2 70 Adrian Wadey
T9 -2 70 Dustin Pimm
T13 -1 71 Todd Tanner
T13 -1 71 Troy Watkins
T13 -1 71 Dave DeSantis
T13 -1 71 Clay Bingham (a)
T13 -1 71 Bill Probst (a)
T13 -1 71 Nick Drost (a)
T13 -1 71 Jon Christensen (a)
T13 -1 71 Brent Bryson (a)
 
a = amateur