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May 4, 2013

Bruder, Long share lead at Joplin Globe City Championship

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Mark Bruder of Briarbrook and Kyle Long of Twin Hills matched par-72s on Saturday afternoon to share the first-round lead in the 40th annual Joplin Globe City Championship at Briarbrook Golf Course.

Bill Curry, a rookie in the Senior Division, shot 74 to set the pace in the 50-and-older division.

Capitalizing on home course advantage, Briarbrook opened double-digit leads in both team races.

Briarbrook shot a five-man total of 376 in the junior division, followed by Joplin Golf Club 389 and Twin Hills 401.

Briarbrook’s seniors shot 382, followed by Twin Hills 402 and Joplin Golf Club 413.

The second round will be played today at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club. Pairings are the same as the first round, and tee times begin at 11 a.m.

Rain and snow earlier in the week made the Briarbrook layout play longer, and weather conditions were not ideal but they certainly were better than the forecast predicted.

During the afternoon the players battled periods of rain and no wind, then wind and no rain. The sun popped through the clouds late in the round, and the final groups finished in both sunshine and light rain.

Bruder quickly dropped to 4-under par with birdies on Nos. 2, 5, 6 and 7. A bogey on No. 9 gave him a 33 at the turn. He was still 3-under through13 holes after a bogey on 10 and birdie on 13 before he made bogey on 14 and a double-bogey on the short par-4 No. 17.

Long also holed three consecutive birdies on the fifth through seventh holes, and they came after bogeys on 2 and 4 for a front-nine 35. He shot 37 on the back with eight pars and a bogey on 14.

Corey Clingan of Briarbrook and Andrew Maier of Joplin Golf Club shared third place at 74, one shot ahead of Briarbrook’s Jason Mickey.

Steve Thomas, another Briarbrook player, was sixth with 76, followed by JGC’s Anthony Fink with 77, two-time defending champion Evan Wood of Twin Hills with 78 and a logjam at 79 involving Keith Reardon, Andy Pochik, Justin Nichols and Derrick Ashe.

Curry, a Joplin Golf Club member the fourth-place finisher in the juniors division last year, birdied the final hole to cap his round of 39-35. He also birdied No. 5 and No. 15 and had five birdies.

Briarbrook teammates Les Taylor, the defending champion, and Doug Harvey were one shot back at 75, and Don Yocum of Twin Hills was next with 76.

Mike Samuelson and Terry Key were tied at 77, Dan Tourtelot shot 78 and Jim Lucas and Bob McKay had 79s. All are Briarbrook players except McKay, a Twin Hills member.

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