Muskegon's Ruthkoski takes early lead at Tournament of Champions
Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon has a one stroke lead heading into the second round of the Tournament of Champions today, Tuesday, at Boyne Mountain.
The Hooter’s Tour player “played good. I didn’t try to attack anything. I just played relaxed.”
Ruthkoski loves the relaxed atmosphere at Boyne where “I’ve finally figure red out how to read the greens. I’d love to win this tournament so I can win the lifetime membership at the Country Club of Boyne.”
Scott Hebert of Traverse City is one of four players tied for second place. Hebert, the 2009 champion of the T of C, saw benign conditions in the morning stage, but “the rough is up this year and the greens are tough.”
“The course is in great condition, but we’re not used to playing in this high of rough here,” added Hebert
The other players tied for second are Scott Brotebeck of Flushing, Ian Harris an amateur from Bloomfield Hills and John Pershern of Grosse Pointe Woods.
Sitting at two strokes back is inaugural T of C champion Dan Olsen of East Lansing and 2008 champion J.R. Roth, who both carded 1-uner par 71’s.
The defending champion, Andy Matthews of Ada, shot 6-over.
The unique 54-hole event pits men, women, juniors, seniors, professionals and amateurs against each other.
They all have won a Michigan major golf tournament. The equalizer for the diverse field is three sets of tees on Boyne Mountain’s Alpine Course.
The forward tees play to 5,905 yards and are used by all women and men age 70-over.
The middle tees measure to 6,562 yards and are played by men 50-over and any junior men with high school eligibility remaining.
The back tees are used by all men 49-under and measure 6,938 yards.
Harris is the low Amateur at 2-under, while Dave Kendall of Kendall Academy of Golf in Ypsilanti and J.R. Roth of San Juan Country Club are the low Seniors at 1-under, Henry Do of Yspilanti is the low Junior at 1-over, Alison Fouch is the low Woman at 1-over and Nick Berklich is the low Super Senior at 1-over.
Barry Redmond of the Boyne Academy of Golf shot even-par 72 and is tied for 13th entering today’s second round, while Kyle Roman, a professional at Hidden River Golf & Casting Club in Brutus, is at 4-over. Amateur Bill Kirby of Harbor Springs shot 5-over, while Boyne Golf Academy’s Brian O’Neill is at 6-over.
Larry Mancour of Oden, a lifetime member, is at 11-over, while Hidden River Golf & Casting Club professional Jerry Roman is at 15-over.
There is a $55,000 purse for this year’s tournament. The winner’s share is $10,000.
The top 70-players and ties will make the 36-hole cut for Wednesday’s final round.