Tam O’Shanter head professional Mark Brown was the lone player under par Monday after the opening round of the 101st Met Open.
It simply wasn’t a great day for scoring at Glen Oaks Club, where the wind and slick greens prevented 40 of the region’s best players from breaking 80. Brown shot a 1-under 69 and leads by a stroke.
William Hook, a pro from Knickerbocker C.C., is tied for second with Cameron Young, an amateur from Sleepy Hollow C.C. who made six birdies and still wound up shooting an even-par 70.
The wind blew around 15 mph for most of the day.
“It was hard,” said Young, who last week made the Round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur. “If you were hitting it well, you could give yourself some opportunities, but if not you were having a lot of troubles making pars. … I struggled a little bit in the middle of the round, then hung in there mentally. I hit some close down the end and was able to make a couple putts inside of five feet for birdie the last two holes and really turned what could have gotten away from me and been not that good of a round into a nice score.”
Andrew Gai of Longshore C.C., Adam Larkin of Old Oaks C.C. and Grant Sturgeon of Winged Foot G.C. are tied for fourth at 1-over.
Only the low 60 scores and ties after the end of Tuesday’s second round will advance to the final round.
101st Met Open
At Glen Oaks Club
1. Mark Brown, Tam O’Shanter 69
2. William T Hook, Knickerbocker 70
2. (a) Cameron Young, Sleepy Hollow 70
4. Andrew Gai, Longshore 71
4. Adam Larkin, Old Oaks 71
4. Grant Sturgeon, Winged Foot 71
7. Mike Ballo, Jr., Woodway 72
7. (a) Darin Goldstein, Noyac 72
7. Kevin Foley, Neshanic Valley 72
7. Brian Gaffney, Quaker Ridge 72
7. Jimmy Hazen, St. George’s 72
7. (a) Tyler Cline, Tuxedo Club 72