Tyler Riley was all over the Findlay Country Club Course on Monday. But where he was when all was said and done is one-shot out of the lead after the first round of the 2019 Ohio Mid Amateur Championship.
A graduate and golf standout at both Findlay High and the University of Toledo, Riley managed just eight pars during Monday’s play under gray, overcast conditions. But he offset four bogeys by making six birdies, including two in the final four holes, in posting a 2-under 36-33–69 total.
Riley, currently an Operations Analyst at Marathon Petroleum Corporation, enters today’s second round in a three-way tie for third place with Tiffin’s Mark Akers and Daniel Martina from Columbus. Cincinnati’s Bill Williamson and Westlake’s Tim Skufca set the first-day pace with 3-under 68s.
Matt Beckett, who led Van Buren to the Division III state championship in 1990 and now lives in Columbus, struggled a bit on the back nine but turned in a 33-38–71. He’s even par for the tournament and tied for ninth.
McComb’s Gary Michel carded a 76 and is tied for 31st. Findlay golfers Jon Brimley (77) and John Zitkovic (79) are tied for 37th and 47th respectively heading into today’s second round. The third and final round of the event will be held on Wednesday.
2019 Mid Amateur Championship
Tuesday’s Second-Round Tee Times
8:00 A.M. — Bill Williamson, Cincinnati; Mark Akers, Tiffin; Vin Cahill Lewis Center.
8:10 A.M. — Tim Skufca, Westlake; Robert F. Gerwin II, Cincinnati.
8:20 A.M. — Peter Samborsky Centerville; Scott Gallagher, Bay Village; Joshua Day, Bryan.
8:30 A.M. — Michael Kelley, Westerville; Alan Fadel, Perrysburg; Matt Elliott, Columbus.
8:40 A.M. — Gary Michel, McComb; Matt Wills, Columbus; Daniel Belden, Canton.
8:50 A.M. — Mark Thomas, Massillon; Nick Hefner, Columbus.
9:00 A.M. — Peter Betzold, West Chester; John Zitkovic, Findlay; John Burchfield, Sylvania.
9:10 A.M. — Ken Kinkopf, Dublin; Nate Matthews, Cleveland; Brian Smith, Amherst.
9:20 A.M. — Mike McGuire, Powell; Rodney Bordman, Norwalk; David Yeazell, West Chester.
9:30 A.M. — Jeff Scohy, Bellbrook; Dave Antill, Dublin; Tyler Overberg,West Chester.
9:40 A.M. — Chris Okeson, Lyndhurst; Tim Belden, Sandusky; Pat Herl, Columbus.
9:50 A.M. — Michael Kennedy, Holland; Dave Belden, Port Clinton; Dave Lockard, Cincinnati.
10:00 A.M. — Daniel Martina, Columbus; Brian Beebe, Uniontown.
8:00 A.M. — Kevin Grabeman, Columbus; Kyle Monfort, Dublin; Chris Horne, Rocky River.
8:10 A.M. — Matt Beckett, Worthington; Nick Reardon, Columbus; Sean Greer, Reynoldsburg.
8:20 A.M. — Josh Brandon, Powell; Andy Hire, Columbus; Gregory Griffith, Upper Arlington.
8:30 A.M. — Brandon Ellis, Columbus; Andrew Montooth, Columbus; Derek Kesig, Delaware.
8:40 A.M. — Sean Reed, Jacksontown; Joshua Niese, Waterville; Kip Gray, Arcanum.
8:50 A.M. — Robert Schustrich, Windham; Jon Brimley, Findlay; Mark Angelou, Gahanna.
9:00 A.M. — Steve Kline, Cincinnati; Mike Koreski, Parkersburg; Bryan Woodford, St. Clairsville.
9:10 A.M. — Ben Hogan, Elyria; Josh Anderson, New Albany; Matthew Keves, Columbus.
9:20 A.M. — Jeff Kovalchik, Columbus; Brent Wagener, Kettering; Craig Soule, Port Clinton.
9:30 A.M. — Jeremy Payne, Pickerington; Scott Buckles, Dublin.
9:40 A.M. — Tyler Riley, Findlay; Craig Bennington, Columbus; Clint Marcum, Columbus.
9:50 A.M. — Robert Pickett, Columbus; Brad Dearsman, Beavercreek; Charles Winters,Westerville.
10:00 A.M. — Josh Elliott, Beavercreek; Drew Engler, Delaware; Seth Wessels, Dublin.
Miller finishes 7th
Kasey Miller birdied two of the final four holes to cap off a second straight round of 69 and finished in a tie for seventh on Monday in the Flag City USA Classic, a National Women’s Golf Association Tour event held at Red Hawk Run Golf Course.
Miller, the 2016 NCAA Division II national runner-up in her senior year at the University of Findlay, rebounded from a rough start to finish the three-day tournament with a 77-69-69–215 total. Sandra Changkija of Orlando, Fla. won the event with a 67-73-67–207 total. She edged Jessica Welch from Thomasville, Ga. (74-67-68–209) by two strokes in the 30-golfer field.
Miller, runner-up for NWGA Rookie of the year honors in 2017, earned 420 points and $700 for Monday’s seventh-place finish, raising her 2019 numbers to 4,213.33 points and $9,980. It was the fourth straight top-ten finish for Miller, a streak that includes winning the championship of the Gates Four Women’s Classic in Fayetteville, N.C. in early April.
The NWGA Tour is a developmental series of events for aspiring women professionals and amateurs who want to compete at golf’s highest levels.