Hall leads after opening round of 74th Herman Sani Tournament
Norwalk’s Patrick Hall leads the 74th Herman Sani Tournament presented by Coppola Enterprises after the opening round. The annual tournament named after Herman Sani, an inspiring figure in Iowa golf history, is being contested this year at Hyperion Field Club in Johnston.
Hall, a former Iowa State golfer, took advantage of a still day by firing a (-6) 66 in a nearly bogey-free round. Seven birdies and a single bogey earned him his solo lead heading into round two. Hall, an amateur, leads the Open Overall Division which includes professionals and amateurs.
Hyperion’s own Tommy Vining (p) is tied for second at (-5) 67 with Solon’s Isaiah Zoske. Vining submitted an incredibly uneventful scorecard with six birdies and twelve pars.
On the other hand, Zoske kept spectators entertained. Three bogeys, six birdies, and an eagle peppered his scorecard with squares and circles. Regardless, Zoske got the result he wanted, all the more impressive as he is one of the youngest competitors in the field.
Fourteen players finished within three strokes of the lead. At this point, it’s anyone’s game. Hyperion’s infamous fast and tricky greens will undoubtedly cause trouble down the stretch, but it will reward those who can adapt quickly by separating the leaders from the pack.
In the Senior Amateur Division, Lineville’s Jay Gregory and Urbandale’s Ron Peterson share the low score of (-3) 69. Not to be outdone is Adel’s Jon Brown at (-2) 70 and Ankeny’s Curtis Holck at (-1) 71. Several familiar winners follow not far behind.
The race is just as tight in the Super Senior Amateur Division. Marshalltown’s Rob Christensen holds the first position with a (+2) 74, despite a lackluster front nine with four bogeys. Ankeny’s Mike McDonald and Polk City’s Joe Ward sit at (+3) 75 and Urbandale’s John Brown and Des Moines’ Robert Pomerantz at (+4) 76.
After the second round of the Herman Sani the field will be cut to the low sixty players and ties.