Points Quinn Share Lead in Monterey


Nationwide TourSEASIDE, Calif. -- D.A. Points and Fran Quinn fired matching rounds of 5-under-par 67 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the Monterey Peninsula Classic.
Danny Briggs, Scott Gutschewski, Ryan Howison, Ryuji Imada and Kyle Thompson all posted rounds of 4-under-par 68 to share third place at the Seaside Resort & Spa's Bayonet Golf Course.
Quinn opened his round on the front nine and birdied the first. However, he bogeyed each of the next two holes to fall to plus-1. He climbed back to even par with a birdie at the eighth.
'I played darn solid the whole front nine,' said Quinn. 'I made the turn and said I'll go make some birdies.'
That is exactly what he did on the back nine. He birdied the par-5 10th to touch off a run of three straight birdies. He birdied the par-3 14th to move to minus-4 and closed with a birdie at No. 16 to grab a share of the lead.
'It's a golf course where you can't even worry about what anyone else is doing,' said Quinn. 'The second you lose your focus on this course, the party's over. It's going to get more difficult here as the week goes on. The wind is drying the greens up and they're getting firmer.'
Points, the first player off the first tee, also opened with a birdie on the first hole. He also birdied the par-5 fourth. The 2001 Inland Empire Open winner sank back-to-back birdies from the seventh to make the turn at minus-4.
Around the turn, Points continued to take advantage of the par-5s. He birdied the par-5 10th but stumbled to a bogey on the 12th. He came back to grab the clubhouse lead at minus-5 with a birdie on the par-4 16th.
'One and ten, you have to try to have a good birdie putt at those,' said Points, whose best finish this year is a tie for third at the LaSalle Bank Open. 'Other than No. 8, I birdied the holes you are supposed to birdie. It's making them when you get the opportunity. This week you're not going to have as many opportunities as other weeks.'
Zach Johnson, who won the Envirocare Utah Classic in September, and Joe Ogilvie, a two-time winner this season, lead a pack of players at 3-under-par 69. That duo is joined there be Sung Man Lee, Casey Martin, Zoran Zorkic, Jason Bohn and Michael Allen.
Roland Thatcher, the defending champion stands at 2-under-par 70. If he were to win, he would become the first Nationwide Tour player to ever win the same event in consecutive years. He is joined at minus-2 by Trevor Dodds, Stephen Gangluff, Steve Haskins, David Morland IV, Michael Muehr, Scott Petersen, Wes Short and Boo Weekley.
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