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Kelting’s Lead Father-Son After Round One

Briefly: Kyle and Derick Kelting of Amarillo lead the Texas Father-Son after an opening round 8-under-par 64 at Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin. The defending Texas Father-Son co-champions carded six birdies and an eagle to lead the field by one stroke through Round 1.

Leaderboard: Championship Flight
1) Kelting, Derick / Kelting, Kyle Amarillo, Amarillo 64
T2) Rougeau, Brandon / Rougeau, Charles Round Rock, Brenham 65
T2) Griffin, Matt / Griffin, Will San Antonio, San Antonio 65
4) Salcedo, Juan / Salcedo, Juan The Woodlands, The Woodlands 67

In Contention: The Kelting’s, co-defending champions, showcased their abilities as teammates once again. The team earned co-champion last year at Omni Barton Creek’s – Fazio Foothills. Kyle (father) and Derick (son) put together another great round on Friday to put themselves in great position heading into the weekend.

“Derick played really well today,” Kyle said. “But, I helped on a few holes.”

Derick got off to a hot start by going 3-under through the first three holes in Friday’s first round. Kyle added a birdie on the par-3 seventh and Derick rolled one in on the par-4 ninth to make the turn at 5-under par. On the backside, Kyle carded birdies on the 11th and 14th holes to go along with Derick’s birdie on the par-5 13th hole.

“Staying out of the tress, iron play and putting really helped us out today,” Kyle said. “Definitely iron play, wedge play, and we putted it well. It wasn’t like we made a lot of putts, but we made the ones we were supposed to.”

The duo had never played the course prior to this week but were able to card a bogey-free round amidst a scattered shower day in Lufkin.

“The course is pretty tricky and a little tight,” Derick said. “Being from Amarillo we’re used to playing on bent grass greens not bermuda greens, but these roll really good”.

The Kelting’s hold a one-shot advantage over two other teams. Will and Matt Griffin of San Antonio, who were crowned co-champions alongside the Kelting’s last year, fired an opening round 7-under 65 to sit tied for second. Also coming in at 7-under was Brandon and Charles Rougeau of Round Rock/Brenham.

The Woodlands’ Juan and Juan Salcedo Jr. sit alone in fourth place after carding a 5-under 67 in round one. Two teams sit tied in fifth place at 3-under par.

Net Flights Update: In the Hogan Flight, Joe and Joey Quirk of Richardson share the lead with the host club exemption team Justin Blackledge and Wes Welch of Midland/Lufkin after rounds of 4-under 68. They lead the flight by two strokes over Charles and Nick Archer of Rockwall/Rowlett.

The low round of the day for the net divisions came in the Nelson Flight. Lloyd and Benjamin Hughes of Dallas fired a 7-under 65. The duo leads the flight by 4 strokes over Diana’s Jackson and Ken Sampson.

In the Crenshaw Flight, Chris and Hudson Henrattie of Arlington carded an opening round 5-under-par 67. They lead Corbin and Robert Janssen of Houston/Sugarland by one stroke.

Steve and Marshall Kerns of Houston/Fort Worth shot an opening round of 2-under par 70 to grab the lead in the Kite flight over three teams tied at 1-under.

Golf Course: Crown Colony was founded in 1979 on 750 acres of timberland in East Texas, in the middle of the piney woods. Robert von Hagge and Bruce Devlin designed the championship course. Golf, tennis, swimming and a host of other activities are offered at Crown Colony. For any golf fanatic, it’s a great course to play. Settled in the tall pine trees of East Texas Crown Colony is known for its small green complexes, strategic bunkering, and demanding tee shots. The par-72 course is consistently classed as one of the “Top 10” by the Dallas Morning News since 1995. Additionally, it has been rated by Golfweek as one of the top destinations in the State of Texas since 2004. Today’s total yardage was 6,490 yards for the Championship division and 6,003 yards for the Net division.

Weather: The temperature reached 82 degrees with scattered showers throughout the day. There was a 45-minute rain delay in the morning that pushed back afternoon starting times.

What’s Next: Round 2 tee times start Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. off No. 1 & 10 tees at Crown Colony Country Club.