Day one of Discraft’s Green Mountain Championship has wrapped up and the MPO has shredded Brewster Ridge. Tied for first is Nathan Doss and Michael Johansen who
both broke the course record by one with a 13 under par, 47. Right behind them, in a tie for third, is Cale Leiviska and Eric Oakley at 12 under par. Paul McBeth shot 11 under par and then there is a 7 player tie for 6th place at ten under par – Ricky Wysocki, our defending four time champion, is wrapped up in that mix. Brewster Ridge is a classic Vermont course, winding through the woods, but our leaders will need to bring a whole different game tomorrow for the bomber course across the street.
I was able to catch up with both of our leaders after the round and see how they were feeling about the day. Michael Johansen held the new course record for only minutes and here’s what he had to say about the round “Felt good. it was a sluggish start. Got away with a few things that ended up working out better than I thought, so that’s kind of the way it has to go in woods golf.”
When I asked him what pulled the round together he was quick to answer, “Just scrambled well, I made some horrible tee shots that weren’t so good and made some really nice outs to give me a chance for birdies on some holes.” He’s not wrong on the scramble, Johansen held down a 100% scramble rate today which meant all 13 birdies stacked up nicely. When I asked him what he thought of Brewster Ridge it was all positivity, “Nice fair wooded course, it gives you a lot of opportunity to score well and try some stuff. it’s just a fun track.”
Looking forward to tomorrow Johansen knows what’s coming, “It’s a different beast. Gotta turn into a different style game – course management versus an attacking style”. I’m sure MJ will keep the show going for us tomorrow and I look forward to seeing if he can keep today’s momentum up.
Nate Doss is no stranger to course records at Brewster Ridge – he held the title when the day started. I asked him what he thought about the day and he was ready to talk, “felt really good. obviously, 13 down, course record, you always feel great about that. Today was a strange day. very peaceful out there on the course, here in Vermont, breath of wind, the sun is blasting, it was just one of those calm days. I didn’t realize that it was going to be as good of a round as it was until midway through the back nine – I threw a couple great shots in a row and it just seemed like things were really coming together.”
Shooting a hot round won’t win the week though and Nate Doss let me know it, “as much as I love shooting great rounds I’m here to try and win the tournament and we got a lot of golf left. So I’m happy with the day but I’m looking forward to tomorrow and the rest of the tournament. Just keep on grinding.”
At the end of the day Nate had the best line on what it will take to win this course I’ve heard, ”today was all about the mids. tomorrow’s all about the drivers. And you still gotta make some putts.”
There you have it. Day one is done, and there is still a ton of fantastic golf left to play. There are a ton of players in the hunt and we are sure to see some kind of mix up in the top ten tomorrow. Fox Run Meadows guarantees some incredible golf to watch, replete with huge lines and beautiful vistas. Make sure you catch our live coverage of the MPO lead card starting at 2:30PM EST and check back here at the end of the day for your usual tournament coverage.
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