Hibler and Lampson Set Pace in First Round of State Amateur
KUNA- One-hundred and fourteen golfers began the day vying for the 88th Idaho State Amateur Championship, a test for 54-holes.
After several days of high wind speeds for the practice rounds at Falcon Crest Golf Course a calm Friday allowed for exceptional scoring conditions for the best amateur golfers in the state of Idaho.
The elite play showed up with eighteen scores at par or better posted by the field. Leading the pack with the score of 67 (-5) is the duo of Trevor Lampson (Gilbert, AZ) and Jesse Hibler (Meridian). Lampson a product of California Baptist University led his college team in last month’s NCAA Division 2 National Championship taking 3rd individually, only 2 strokes off the lead. Lampson started the day with a bogey on the first hole, but quickly recovered taking a birdie on the second and not looking back. Lampson carded a birdie on every par 5 and along with a pair of birdies on hole 9 and 17 he earned himself a share of the 18-hole lead. Hibler, a member of the victorious Idaho PNGA Cup team earlier this year, grabbed a piece of the lead with only one bogey on his card, coming on hole 13. Hibler, like Lampson, swept the par-5’s with a birdie on all four.
Only one shot behind Hibler and Lampson sit the Eagle natives Hunter Ostrom and Joshua Gliege. Ostrom had an up and down day with only nine pars throughout the round, but the birdies were enough to out-weigh the bogeys in his journey to 68 (-4). Gliege opened his round getting to -4 through hole 6 but fell off with a bogey on 8. Gliege had a fairly static back nine with only one birdie and no bogeys. The two college talents are trailed by three at 69 (-3). Notably in this group is Skyler Eubank who qualified for the US Junior Amateur on Monday.
The Stanwood Cup, a competitions the Golf Clubs’ three person teams with the best two scores over the first two days, is led by The Club at Spurwing. This is because their three individuals have already been mentioned, being Hibler, Ostrom, and Gliege. Spurwing is trailed by five strokes by the Idaho Junior Tour and Falcon Crest tied at second.
Looking forward to the weekend the wind looks to still be a non-factor staying relatively calm. Even without the wind the course still poses its challenges, particularly the closing par-4 eighteenth. Hole number 18 played as the hardest hole on the course averaging a shade over 5. The hole averaged higher than three out of the four par-5’s on the course. With two rounds remaining in the championship many individual remain in contention moving into the weekend.
For the full results of the first round and live scoring for rounds two and three visit HERE
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