LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Louisville's James Inman overcame a slow start to shoot a two-under 70, good for a tie for third place in the opening round of the Kentucky State Amateur Golf Tournament at Big Spring Country Club Tuesday.
“My parents always said if I ever have a slow start, just keep a straight face and not get too low and I just thought about it and it really helped out,” said the recent Trinity Grad and soon-to-be Freshman at Bellarmine. “I wouldn't say I hit it pretty well. I just made a lot of putts when I needed to and I just felt like I had a great putting day.”
Salt Lick's Logan Hogge, a Morehead State golfer is the leader after round one. He had eight birdies in four-under 68. That's good for a one-shot lead over J.B. Williams, a University of Akron golfer from Danville. He started with a triple bogey eight on the par-five tenth hole to make six birdies in a three-under 69.
Inman was in a group of three at two-under. UK golfer and 2013 champ Tyler “Chip” McDaniel from Manchester and Carson Riley of Centre College also had 70's.
13-year-old Drew Doyle from Louisville, the youngest-ever competitor in the 104th Amateur, birdied his first hole before settling for an opening round 83.
“It was kind of exciting,” said Doyle. Some parts of the course I played OK and other parts I just didn't. My putting wasn't too good today. I couldn't get it going after a while.”
It was still a good learning experience for Doyle.
“You gotta keep a good mentality,” Doyle continued. “You can't get frustrated after you make a few bad shots. You have to keep going.”
There will be a cut to the low seventy and ties after Wednesday's second round.