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Idlewild Open Round One MPO Recap – Kevin Jones picks back up where he left off

By Baker Helton
​Last year Kevin Jones jumped out to the lead with a -10 down in round one of the Idlewild Open and maintained the lead until hole fifteen on the final day. This year Kevin will hope to carry the lead the entire tournament and bring home his first Pro Tour win.

Before Kevin and the feature card came out the early leaders were Corey Ellis and Sam Lee. Both players shot a -7, one gaining most of their throws in the front nine and the other in the back nine. Corey Ellis came out guns blazing carding nine birdies before taking back-to-back bogeys on fifteen and sixteen. He would birdie seventeen and then give the throw back on eighteen finishing with a bogey. Corey is not new to top performances at Idlewild. Last year Corey started the final round -8 for the tournament and in the top ten before having a rough last round and finishing 16th.

On the other side of the coin was Sam Lee, Sam’s hot round materialized late when he carded back-to-back eagles on sixteen and eighteen. Sam is a Kentucky player from about two hours south of the Idlewild course. Sam has cashed in every event he has played this year minus one C-Tier Ice Bowl at the beginning of the season. His cashes include tournaments like Memorial, Tennessee States, Ledgestone, and most notably a 16th place finish at Discraft’s Great Lakes Open. While Sam may be a new name on the course, he has the chops to hang at the top of the field for the tournament.

On the lead card for tomorrow will be the Kevin Jones as mentioned earlier along with James Conrad, Calvin Heimburg, and Emerson Keith. James Conrad won the Idlewild Open in 2017 and took second place last year, so his presence at the top of the leaderboard was not unexpected. What was surprising was the ACE James carded on hole nine. James would finish the day -9 three throws behind Kevin Jones.

Calvin Heimburg started the day on the GK Pro Post-Produced card. He landed a double bogey on the same hole that James Conrad landed his ace. Calvin was able to build a come-back with an eagle on sixteen and a birdie on seventeen to finish in a three-way tie for third.

Calvin is tied with Emerson Keith and Zach Arlinghaus. Based on PDGA numbers, Calvin and Emerson will be on the lead card with Zach leading the chase card tomorrow. Emerson Keith was the other player to card an ace today, landing the ace on hole three. Emerson made an impressive eagle on seventeen to be in the hunt and could have been in a tie for second if it had not been for an unfortunate bogey on hole eighteen.

Notable mentions, only four people went bogey-free today. Zach Arlinghaus, Nate Perkins, Andrew Marwede, and Ryan Kenny were the only players who were able to avoid the teeth of Idlewild. Zach will be on the chase card tomorrow, Nate Perkins and Andrew Marwede are both in a tie for 8th place after going -6 bogey-free and Ryan is T21 with a four down.

You can watch the lead card moving day action tomorrow starting at 3:30 PM ET. On the card will be Kevin Jones, James Conrad, Calvin Heimburg, and Emerson Keith. Make plans to tune in and watch!