Matthews Flies into First at Boyne Tournament of Champions

Andy Matthews of Ada has a two-shot lead after the first round of the Boyne Tournament of Champions. Matthews, a Canadian Tour player had nine birdies and two bogeys shooting a 65 on a picture-perfect day featuring soft greens and calm winds. In all, 26 players shot below par.

“I gave myself a lot of chances today and watched a lot of putts go in,” the 30-year-old former University of Michigan star said. “I only got an hour and a half sleep last night before flying to Boyne in a private plane. I was really relaxed and didn’t have enough energy to get nervous.”

Matthews played in the Colorado Open over the weekend where he tied for 15th place. His flight from Denver arrived in Grand Rapids at 4:45 a.m. Monday. He went home for a quick nap and then flew to Boyne where his parents were waiting to whisk him to his room for a change clothes and get to the practice tee.

“I was able to get in a full warm-up. It’s a good thing we had pre-arranged the private flight from Grand Rapids to Boyne’s private air strip.”

It was a perfect day for scoring. Four players are tied for second. Brian Cairns of Fox Hills GC, Andrew Ruthkoski of Muskegon, Jared Dalga of Grand Rapids and Marty Jeppesen II all shot 67.

The Tournament of Champions is a unique event pitting men, women, juniors and seniors together on Boyne Mountain’s Alpine course. The men play from the back tees at 6,938 yards, the senior men and high schoolers play from 6,562 yards and the women play from 5,898 yards.

Allison Fouch of East Grand Rapids and an LPGA Tour regular shot a 68 and has the low score for the women, David DeMarios, a 14-year-old from Brighton is 1-under par and is the low Junior, Dave Kendall from Miles of Golf in Ann Arbor is the low senior at 68.

The field of 111 players will be reduced to the top 70 and ties after the second round. The purse if $55,000 and the winner’s share is $10,000. Live scoring is available at and


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