Benny Cook has made a solid start to repeat himself as the Michigan PGA Professional Championship winner.
Cook, a professional instructor at Yankee Springs Golf Course in Wayland, shot 6 under par 66 in the opening round on Monday at Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland to take the lead in one shot from Kosta Rameriz of Treetop Resorts. Flint Golf Club’s Scott Brotebeck was two shots back after shooting 68.
“It’s been a really good year trying to keep things really simple and stay away from bogeys,” said Cook, who took two top-five finishes on the PGA Latino American Tour and made the 100th Michigan PGA entered.
“I’ve been really happy with my game all summer.”
Especially after making the cut and finishing 44th at the PGA Championship in May on Kiawah Island, SC. had achieved
Cook only had one bogey on the opening round while making five birdies and an eagle.
“The greens are very different from how I played them, very fast and the chipping is tough,” he said. “I chipped briefly from the green in the rough on 11 and the ball just rolled out faster than I thought. I got to my goal, but it just kept dripping on 15 feet and I went bogey.
“This course is longer than Flint (Golf Club) last year which will probably help me. It’s a good start. We’ll try to keep going. “
The field of 122 players will be reduced to the low 60 points after the second round on Tuesday.
The wallet is $ 54,000.
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