Findlay’s Spencer Shoemaker started fast and finished strong in shooting a 2-under-par 70 on Tuesday and earning a share of the lead in the 2014 Ohio Junior Golf Championship being hosted by the Findlay Country Club.
Shoemaker, a three-time high school state tournament qualifier preparing for his senior year at Findlay High, birdied three of the four par-5s on Tuesday, including the first and last holes. His 36-34–70 total earned him a share of the first-round lead with Bowling Green’s Paul Walker and Rocky River’s Kevin Duncan.
Three players — Toledo’s Mitchell Kontak, New Albany’s Avery Schneider and Vandalia’s Brandon Weiss — carded 71s. Six golfers were tied at even-par 72.
Van Buren’s Sawyer Junge rode a roller-coaster round to an opening 89. Junge had five pars and two birdies during his round, but sprinkled in five bogies and six double bogies as well.
Tuesday’s opening round was incomplete due to stormy weather, leaving a number of golfers to finish up early today. Included in that group are Bryce Gorrell, a state qualifier for Hopewell-Loudon last fall, and Van Buren’s Hunter Foltz, who is competing in the 15-under flight of the tournament.
Findlay Country Club hosted the Ohio Junior Championship in 2003. FCC has also hosted the Ohio Amateur Championship in 2008, the Ohio Senior Amateur in 2011, and Ohio Amateur qualifiers in 2012 and 1999.