I had to think for a while if I would put myself in the title of my own post, but thought that who ever is leading this great event should be in the title line.

This years field has numerous past USGA National Champions in the field, and is easily the best field in the 20 year history of the event. My round started off with a typical horrendous shot off #1 way left and in the poison oak with a tough chip shot just to extricate myself from the trouble is was in. After  a good shot out sideways I have 140 to the pin, I fired a nine iron twenty feet by the hole and rolled in a downhill slider to save a par. I WAS THRILLED…so thrilled I birdied the next two holes which vaulted me to a -4 68 and a one shot lead.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the Preserve, it’s like playing in a very beautiful park, with incredible views and fantastic course conditions. This 20 year event is to celebrate the life of Olympian Peter Stocker, who was an avid golfer, a visionary, and a very well liked man. Peter Stocker was passionate about golf, and I am so glad his friends decided to create this wonderful event.

There aren’t many 72 hole stroke play events, the Stocker Cup ranks amongst one of the best Mid Am invitationals in the country.

The course played tough today with very tough pin positions and a 1-2 club wind blowing most the day. With only 4 scores under par, this will be a tough test of golf as the course gets firm and fast over the next three days. The key to success at the Preserve is where you hit your second shot (or 1st on the par 3 holes) a slightly missed shot can lead to big trouble with the false fronts and ungulated green complexes. The winner of the event will have done the best job navigating through these obstacles and will stay very patient. For complete results and team results click the link below

Stay tuned for results from round 2tomorrow

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