Sayre's Murrelle leads after first day of District IV Golf Championships.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | October 7, 2016 | Photo courtesy The Review


Sayre's Murrelle leads after first day of District IV Golf ChampionshipsEAGLES MERE — Sayre's Ryan Murrelle had a slow start in the District IV Golf Championships at Eagles Mere Country Club Thursday.

But he finished strong, carding a 34 on the back nine en route to his 74 (3-over) for the day, good enough to lead the field after day one.

A total of nine local golfers made the cut, eight in AA and Athens' Ryan Kennedy in AAA.

Murrelle had three birdies on the day on holes 14, 15 and 17. In fact after a bogey on 10 he was minus-3 the rest of the way in to shoot 2-under.

That made up for his 5-over 40 on the front nine that saw him bogey five holes.

However, the junior kept his mistakes to a minimum with no doubles or worse on the par 71 course. Only Murrelle and Warrior Run's Vincent Bender can say that.

Bender is currently second after a 76 on the first day.

Murrelle was runner-up as a freshman at Towanda Country Club and took fourth place last year at Williamsport Country Club.

Other NTL golfers still alive are Northern Tioga's Austin Outman and Tanner Adriance, NP-Mansfield's JP Shaw, Wellsboro's Brandyn Tuttle and Ben Barnett, NEB's Nate Watkins and Wyalusing's Holdan Hitchcock.

Outman, a freshman, shot a 78 while Adriance put up a 79 to sit sixth and seventh.

Outman was solid throughout with 10 pars for second best on the day. Teammate Adriance had nine pars.

Shaw, who is in eighth, notched an 81 with Tuttle getting an 84 and Barnett an 85.

Shaw had the most birdies on the day with four but had two double bogeys and two triple bogeys.

Watkins carded an 86 while Hitchcock shot an 87. The cut for the top 20 was 92.

There is a glut at the top of the leaderboard in AA with seven golfers under 80 and six of them within three strokes of each other.

Northern Tioga took second in the team standings with 353 strokes while Central Columbia (344) won.

Wellsboro (386) was sixth and Sayre (421) took 10th.

For NT Tyler Vargeson shot 94, Caleb Fitzwater had 102 and Christian Kemp shot 104.

For the Hornets Taynton Repard had 97, Joseph Propheta shot 120 and Chris Richardson notched a 121.

And for Sayre Nate Sweet shot 114, James Esposito had 115, Gavin Blair carded a 118 and Ben Harding notched a 122.

In AAA Kennedy (93) currently sits in fifth but has a lot of work to do as only the top two go.

In the 1-2 spots are last year's defending district champion Williamsport's William Knauth (73) and Selinsgrove's Roman Reeder (82).

Play continues on Saturday with the first group going off at 9:40 a.m.