Unfortunately for Ty Tryon, even if he wins this weeks B.C. Open, hell have to pass on the monetary prize.
The soon-to-be high school junior fired a 7-under-par 65 to earn a share of the 18-hole lead in Endicott, N.Y.
Four months ago, Tryon tied for 39th place in the Honda Classic, where he Monday qualified for the event. This week, the 17-year-old amateur accepted a sponsor's invitation to play at the En-Joie Golf Club.
I had a really good time out there today, said Tryon, who played alongside Ian Leggatt and Stephen Allan. Its fun to have my family here. My brother and sister are here.
Tryon is tied with Edward Fryatt. The two are one shot clear of Garrett Willis, Brad Fabel, Jeff Hart, Mark Hensby and Brian Watts.
Watts failed to qualify for this years Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. He lost to Mark OMeara in a playoff at Royal Birkdale in 1999.
Willis won this years Touchstone Energy Tucson Open; though, hes missed 13 of 21 cuts since.
Tryon, a student at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, started his first round with a two-putt bogey. However, he went on to birdie the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th and 9th holes to make the turn in 4-under-par 33.
Following another bogey at the par-4 11th, Tryon responded with birdies on Nos. 12, 14, 15 and 16. The gangly player (5-foot-11 and 165 pounds) took advantage of the long holes, playing the four par-5s in 3-under.
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This is the first tournament Tryon has competed in since the Dogwood Amateur last month in Atlanta, Ga.
I think I approach pro events a little better than amateur events, said Tryon. I feel a little more stressed at amateur events.
The pressure is much deserved following his performance at the Honda Classic. Tryon opened in 67 and went on to shoot rounds of 73-70-68 to finish the tournament at 10-under-par, one shot lower than John Cook, who was an assistant coach at Tryons school at the time, Lake Highland Prep.
Tryon, then 16, became the second youngest player to make a cut on the PGA Tour. Bob Panasik set the record in the 1957 Canadian Open at 15 years, eight months and 20 days old.
Tryon's grandfather is a three-time New York State amateur champion who lives in nearby Elmira. His father lost to Jeff Sluman in a New York State junior amateur several years ago.
Tryon avenged the family loss Thursday as he bettered Sluman by two shots.
News, Notes and Numbers
*Johnny McDermott is the youngest winner on tour. He won the 1911 U.S. Open at 19 years and 10 months.
*1997 champion Gabriel Hjertstedt withdrew from the tournament Thursday, complaining of a shoulder injury. He shot 40 on the front nine. Hjertstedts withdrawal came a day after his group won the pro-am event.
Full-field scores from the B.C. Open