Ohio golfer shoots Gretzky Classic record

BILL WALKER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

THORNBURY -- The holes just seemed to get bigger and bigger for Kyle Reifers.

And as the putts continued to drop for the 25-year-old Columbus, Ohio, native, so did his score as he fired a tournament record 11-under 61 yesterday to take the opening round lead at the 2009 Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic Nationwide Tour tournament.

"I thought I hit it fine but I hit a lot of putts and it's fun to see the ball go in the hole like that," Reifers said.

Reifers went on a tear from the fourth to the 11th, going 10-under on that stretch, including eagles on the par-5 sixth and 10th holes. He gave one away on 12 with a bogey but got to 11-under with birdies at 16 and 17.

"I don't really keep track of things like that (low rounds) but it was just fun," he said.

"You see a line and you just feel like you're going to knock it in. That's a great feeling."

The Raven proved to be the easier of the two courses yesterday, with 21 of the top 34 scores coming from Lora Bay.

Sitting in second after the opening day is Californian Roger Tambellini, who birdied five of his first nine holes en route to an eight-under 63 at the Raven.

"I hit it good all day long and made a bunch of putts, so you should be able to score well," Tambellini said. "I didn't feel that great on the practice range, but I just put everything out of my head that I was working on."

There are three players tied for third at seven-under, including Illinois native Jason Enloe, who fired a 64 on the Georgian Bay Club course.

"I had a four-hole stretch on the back nine (birdies on holes 10 through 13) and I missed a short one on 14 for another, so anytime you can't make any bogeys, you know you're going to shoot enough birdies to put up a good score," Enloe said.


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