Golf notes: Lehman goes low in first round of PGA Tour’s return, Miller gets first ace at Nordic Trails
Tom Lehman was part of the group of golfers who welcomed back the PGA Tour after a nearly three-month layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic this past weekend, and the Alexandria native made good on the first round back.
At 61-years-old, Lehman is a regular contender on the senior PGA Tour Champions, but he showed he can still play with the best of the PGA Tour on a given day during his round on June 11. Lehman shot a 65 in the opening round of the Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial Country Club in Texas. That was Lehman’s lowest score in a PGA Tour event since the 2011 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
“I've been aiming for this week for a while," Lehman told reporters after the round. "I live in Arizona, and we've been able to play golf all the way through this COVID-19 thing, so I've been playing a lot, practicing a lot. My game feels pretty good. I love the golf course. It benefits people who put the ball in the fairway, no doubt. Today I hit it straight and made a few putts."
Lehman earned a spot in the field by being a former champion of the event. His day-one 65 on the par-70 course put him right up amongst the leaders after the first round in a tournament that Daniel Berger went on to win in a playoff at 15-under par.
Lehman just missed the cut for the weekend after shooting a 74 on day two. His only bogey of the day in round one came on the par-four third hole. Lehman surrounded that with birdies on Nos. 1, 6, 7, 12, 15 and 16.
Hole-in-one by Miller
Alexandria’s Gary S. Miller got the first hole-in-one of the season at the Nordic Trails Golf Course.
Miller was golfing with Mark Larson, Chris Larson and Bob Jerzak on May 28 when he used a pitching wedge from 135 yards to ace the par-three No. 4. It was Miller’s first hole-in-one in 42 years of golfing.