HUNTLEY – Riley Bauman, the youngest of three brothers playing in the McHenry County Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament, found himself with the lowest score in the family at the conclusion of Friday’s first round at Pinecrest Golf Club.
The 22-year-old from Crystal Lake shot a 2-over-par 74 in the Championship Flight, one stroke better than Greg Bauman – who won the event in 2006 – and three shots ahead of Griffin Bauman – who won in 2009.
Brent Filetti, who shot a 3-over 75, will play in the final group Saturday alongside Riley and Greg Bauman. The tournament will be completed at Crystal Woods Golf Club in Woodstock, with the first group teeing off at approximately 9 a.m.
Riley Bauman shot a 37 on both the front and back nine, including his only birdie of the day on the third hole. He shot even on 13 of the remaining 16 holes, and bogeyed the other three, including a pair of par 5s.
“I played pretty well today,” said Riley Bauman, who played golf at Division III Carthage College and graduated in the spring. “I wasn’t exactly hitting my driver well. I was putting myself in terrible spots, but I recovered well and got a few putts to drop in.”
Riley Bauman, who guessed he’s played in this event four or five times, was level-headed after posting the tournament’s lowest score of the opening round.
“I’ve been in this situation plenty of times, when you come in as the clubhouse leader or you’re one or two up.” Riley Bauman said. “It doesn’t always work out, so let’s see if I can put together a good second round and get something going. I’m hoping to win [the McHenry County Amateur] sooner or later.”
Filetti, who lives in Woodstock and coaches golf at Woodstock High School, enters the final round in a tie for second place with Greg Bauman. Alan Pondel, a four-time Amateur champion, and Tom Sweetwood, a three-time champion, each shot 76 and are in fourth place in the Championship Flight.
“I felt really good about my game today,” Filetti said. “Reason being, I’ve been playing a little bit poor this year. Coming out for this tournament, I thought, ‘Let’s just have some fun and see what happens.’ I had two doubles, so I’m happy to finish with a 75.”
The A Flight, which plays from the same tees as the Championship Flight, was led by Hampshire’s Jeremy Yoder (77), followed by Homero Alcarez (80) and Greg Pondel (82).
“I’m a little disappointed with my finish today,” said Yoder, who will be a junior at Elmhurst College in the fall. “I bogeyed a couple of holes that I should have at least made par on, and I had a couple of three-putts out there. Hopefully I can fix it by tomorrow and make a move.”
In the B Flight, Denny Scott (80) holds a three-stroke lead over John Goorsky (83), and Keith Steinwehe (85) is five shots back. Alan Corbin (92) and Franklin Phillip (92) are tied atop the C Flight, with Paul Facianna (95) three behind.