Darren Black shoots 67 to lead Washington Open | Local golf
Monday morning, Darren Black shot a rain-soaked 4-under-par 67 that held up as the best opening-round score at the Washington Open Invitational...
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BELLEVUE — Monday morning, Darren Black shot a rain-soaked 4-under-par 67 that held up as the best opening-round score at the Washington Open Invitational at Glendale Country Club.
Monday afternoon, he was back on the job as head pro at Rainier Golf and Country Club.
Black, 31, isn't a big name yet in the annual event that draws the best club and teaching pros in the Northwest, as well as some Nationwide Tour players. But he played the best golf Monday.
"It was a solid round; I didn't make a lot of mistakes," said the native of Lewiston, Idaho, who is two strokes ahead of Glen Griffith, a pro from Albany, Ore., who shot 69.
A seven-way tie for third at 1-under 70 includes four-time winner Jeff Coston, ex-Washington Husky Corey Prugh, 2006 winner Josh Immordino, Overlake assistant Adam Alldredge and Nationwide Tour pro Jeff Gove.
Gove, whose pro career was launched with his 1995 victory in this tournament, had his caddie from that triumph, Brandon Elieff, as his amateur partner Monday in the pro-am event. The other pro in his foursome was his uncle, Mike Gove, the head pro at Inglewood Golf Club, whose partner was Jeff's father, Gary.
"It's fun to come up here and play," said Jeff Gove, an Inglemoor High School graduate who makes his home in San Diego.
Andres Gonzales, the Nationwide Tour pro from Olympia who finished tied for 19th Sunday in the PGA Tour's HP Byron Nelson Championship, shot 72 on what he described as "a couple hours" of sleep. Defending champion Tim Feenstra, an assistant pro at Broadmoor Golf Club, also shot 72.
The 96-man field will be cut to the low 48 after Tuesday's second round. The top 30 pro-am teams will make the cut.