TERRE HAUTE — Three players are in the top spot on the leaderboard after the first round of the Terre Haute Golf Association city championship.
Chris Cassell, Darrell Shouse and Tom Jones had the only subpar rounds of the day at Rea Park, shooting 70 from the blue tees, to share the lead in the event sponsored by Show-Me’s with one group playing a late round on Saturday.
The leaders are two up on nine-time champ Ted Kaperak, who had par-72, and three ahead of Chad Gann and Travis Turpen who shot 73.
The second round will be played at Hulman Links today with the same tee times for most. The players with the low 16 scores will be in the championship flight for the final two rounds.
All the other players who declared for the championship flight will be flighted for the windup and the players in the white-tee division will be put into separate flights.
More than 60 golfers declared for the championship division and about 30 players are in the white-tee division including seniors.
Fred Modesitt shot 74 to lead Steve Paquin by two shots after one round in the white-tee competition.
Shouse was an early finisher to assume his share of the lead. He went 35-35 with two birdies and no bogeys in his round.
Jones also was 35-35 with four birdies and two bogeys.
“I had a steady round for the most part . . . I three-putted No. 1. The course is in great, great shape,” said Jones, a seven-time champ.
Cassell was 33-37 in his round and had six birdies.
“I had two doubles on the back. The course was very difficult playing longer,” Cassell said.
Kaperak had one birdie and one bogey in carding his 72. He said wind was a factor.
This year was the first time for players to declare for the championship division and more than two-thirds of the 90-plus players in the field did it.
Playing in the championship division meant players play from the blue tees in all four rounds of the event.
Ryan Luce was one of the early finishers and he said he liked the new format.
“They are doing a great job with the tournament. It is better each year,” Luce said. “The way the course was set up was challenging. The course is in great shape.”
Jim Winning shot 75 and echoed Luce’s comments about the course.
“It is in great shape and the weather was perfect . . . three-putt holes killed me,” said Winning, a former winner.
Paquin also nothing but praise for the shape of the course.
“The greens were fast,” he said.
Show-Me’s city leaders
70 — Darrell Shouse 35-35, Tom Jones 35-35, Chris Cassell 33-37
72 — Ted Kaperak 37-25
73 — Chad Gann 35-38, Travis Turpen 36-37
74 — Philip Myers 35-37, Scott Hess 39-35, Russ Campbell 37-37, Don Alumbaugh 40-34
75 — Bo Higgins 37-38, Brandon Bekkering 40-35, Kyle Stevenson 39-36, Jim Winning 38-37
White tee division
74 — Fred Modesitt
76 — Steve Paquin
77 — Eric Johnson