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MVP Open Round One MPO Recap: New Touring Pros Card Hot Rounds on Day One

By Baker Helton
​Round One has come to a close at the 2019 MVP Open at Maple Hill, and as the day wound down, the wind picked up. As the wind picked up, it became clear that players who finished earlier in the day had more favorable scoring conditions than those who played later in the day.

One of the first hot rounds of the day came from Joel Freeman. Joel Freeman is coming off a strong finish last week in Delaware on the National Tour. Joel took a bogey after going OB on his second hole of the day and didn’t look back. Joel finished with three birdies on his round to put him at -8, one back from the lead. He was the only player in the field to card birdies on all of the final three holes today.

The next hot round to come into the clubhouse was Adam Hammes. Adam’s only blemish came from a double-bogey on the water-ridden hole fourteen. Going OB on the drive, Adam struggled to scramble to save bogey. Adam’s hot streak began in the middle of the course when he carded birdies on holes 7-11. He capped his birdie streak with C2 putts on both seven and eleven. Adam finished the day one throw better than Joel and is tied for the lead with Nathan Queen.

Nathan Queen came into the clubhouse, not knowing that he had tied the hot round for the day. He was just excited to have a good day on the course. The  first thing he said after turning in his scorecard was, “It feels good to be back in the woods.” Nathan finished the round 100% inside circle one, and he said it was a C2 putt that got him started, “I started off with a good C2 putt on hole two, and it kept me feeling good inside the circle.” When asked how he felt about the round, in general, he said, “I started off one, two, three; I don’t know if anyone else has done that.” He should have gone one further. He started his round with birdies on one through four, and he was correct that no one else in the field accomplished that feat today.  Nathan will look to continue his work in the woods tomorrow and hopefully start with the same success he found today.

Rounding out tomorrow’s lead card will be James Conrad. If we look back to the preview article, we will remember that James has been on a solid play streak since Ledgestone. It was not surprising at all to see him move up into a tie for third place with Joel Freeman. James is looking to defend his title from last year. James started the day with a bogey but quickly shook off the nerves and stayed in the white and blue colors on Udisc for the rest of the day. James peppered his birdies throughout the round and never appeared to struggle to keep on pace. Instead, James stayed focused on the goal at hand and took the birdies that the course gave him and grabbed pars when they were available. He was able to avoid troubles with the wind and is in prime position to defend his title and make moves on moving day.

Make plans to tune in tomorrow to watch the live coverage at 3:30 PM ET from the MVP Open at Maple Hill.