Cairns Grabs First Round Michigan Open Lead

Brian CairnsWASHINGTON, MI - Brian Cairns, a 47-year old Teaching Professional at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center has a one-shot lead after the first round of the Michigan Open. Cairns carded a 4-under par 68 at The Orchards.

“It was a pretty stress free round,” Cairns said. “I’m driving it so well, so straight that I can just aim at the flags.” Cairns is on a good run of late. He qualified for the PGA Championship last month by finishing 11th in the Professional National Championship. “I’m really excited about playing in the PGA but I’m doing my best just to focus on the Michigan Open now.”

Less Keselowski, Ben Peacock and Randy Hutchison are just a shot back at 69.

Keselowski, an amateur from Schoolcraft, is a stroke behind at 69.  The 23-year old credits two early birdies on his third and fourth holes for making him comfortable. “I double bogeyed my 11th hole (Par 3 second hole) but came back with an eagle a couple of holes later to make it a real solid round.”

Peacock of Marshal did not let two weather delays get in the way of his round. “I’ve been playing in bad weather all season,” the Miami of Ohio junior said. “The rain made the course soft and easier for scoring.”

Hutchison, 24, a Hooter’s Tour player, played late in the afternoon after the weather calmed down. “I came out early and watched the guys waiting around. So I was ready to go after the bad weather got out of here.” “It was a good day,” the Traverse City native said. “I hit all of my lines except on number 10 which resulted in a double-bogey.”

Two time defending champion, Ryan Brehm and six-time champion Scott Hebert are among 12 players at 2-under par 70. There are 156 players in the field with a $70,000 purse. 43 players scored par or better.

This is the 94th Michigan Open. The Orchards is a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design with many national awards under its belt. The golf course is located on a 525-acre residential community. The course rating is 74.5 with a slope of 136 from the championship tees. The top 70 players and ties will make the cut after 36-holes.

 

 

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