• This is a 72-hole no-cut event. If necessary, playoffs for the medalist place as well as 12th and last place will be available.
• The players in this week’s field come from 18 countries or territories: Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Norway, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, USA, Uruguay and Venezuela .
• With the extra “COVID Year” granted by the NCAA, Ryan Davis played five seasons for Penn State and got 13 top 10 finishes during his career. During his time at State College in Pennsylvania, he was a teammate of current PGA TOUR Canada players Cole Miller and Charles Huntzinger.
• Blake Hathcoat, a product of St. Mary’s College, sailed 5 under par when a two-hole course ruined a promising round. On the sixth and seventh holes, his 15th and 16th holes of the day, he made a pair of double bowey 6s in a row. They were the only blemishes on Hathcoat’s scorecard, which contained five birdies. Hathcoat, a selection from the first team at the West Coast Conference last spring, ranks 23rd over 18 holes.
• Frenchman Alex Fuchs had a wild first nine scorecard when he first played the back nine in El Campeόn. The native French and former Liberty University player had six birdies, two pars and a quadruple bogey. His 8 came on the 13th par 4. On his last nine, he opened with a bogey in 1st place and had a triple bogey in eighth place. The Forme Tour player opened with a 2-over 74 and is tied in 58th place.
• George Kneiser couldn’t have started his lap better. After sending his drive to No. 1 in the middle, he hit his 3-wood on a foot for a no-sweat eagle. “I couldn’t actually see it,” said Kneiser of the landing of his ball. “I knew it was good. I thought it was a little bit right, however [my playing partner] was like ‘great shot’. “
• With an opening of 4 under 68, George Kneiser is in a solid position through 18 holes. The 2020 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay graduate has played on various mini tours since college, worked as a caddy at Erin Hills to make money to fund his gaming career, and signed up for two Korn Ferry last summer Tour tournaments qualified. He tied for 58th place at the Memorial Health Championship in Springfield, Illinois, and missed the cut at the Price Cutter Charity Championship the following week.
• In 2016, Chase Koepka, who played for the University of South Florida, won the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular at the El Campeόn Course. He finished taking his fourth career title at 9-under 207, still a USF record. “I have a lot of fond memories of being out here,” he said.
• Fred Meyer bogeyed the first two holes on each of his two nines, four of his eight birdies.
• The top national player after the first day is German Velten Meyer. He fired a 3-under 69 and is tied for eighth place.
“It’s a grind. A good start is a huge relief. I have a lot of work to do, three more laps, and I can’t count on anything yet. ”–Ryan Davis
“I hit the first two par-5s in two and had easy birdies and hit a couple close and that was it.” –Fred Meyer at his 4-under start, played El Campeόn’s back nine first
“I really didn’t make a lot of mistakes and hit a lot of greens.” – Fred Meyer on hitting 16 of his 18 greens in regulation
“It feels pretty familiar and I feel really good out there.” –Fred Meyer, after playing the PGA TOUR Canada qualifying tournament in El Campeόn in the spring
“I did really well today. I’ve never really been in trouble and met my driver well. ”–Carson Roberts
“Honestly, I did a couple of putts and missed a couple of putts that were the same on the green. I’m going to do some practice putt and get the bad putts out of my head. ”–Carson Roberts
“I probably haven’t played golf in almost a month. I was on the waiting list for this and found out last week that I was there. I got down here and tried to put the trip together. ”- George Kneiser on arriving from Milwaukee to Florida
“I really didn’t play junior golf here. There were many options, but this place was a bit too difficult for me at the time. ”- Follow Koepka at the Mission Inn
“You have to hit a lot of greens, and not only can you hit greens, you have to hit them in the right places. If you’re in the wrong place, you can easily put three putti. ”- Chase Koepka
“I did a good job staying under the hole. I didn’t really do anything special on the second nine, even though I shot 6-under. ”- Follow Koepka on his six-birdie back nine
Weather in the first lap: Sunny and pleasant. High from 84. Wind N at 5-8 miles per hour.