MARSHALL - Golfers at the Marshall Golf Club kept cool on the links in spite of a heat advisory for Lyon County on Monday afternoon during the first Day of the Dakotas Tour golf tournament. Fifty-one professionals and numerous amateurs played 18 holes as part of the event.
Even though temperatures felt like they were in the mid-90s, the heat did not affect the course play too much.
"Honestly, it was just another round of golf for me," said Cam White, who shot six-under-par 65. White, a native of Plymouth and Jeffrey Eggen of Phoenix finished the day tied for first place.
Photo by Nick Hansen
Tim Ailes admires his tee shot during the opening round of the Schwan Foods Dakota Tour Monday. Ailes won the event last year.
Though the air was sweltering, the course conditions were ideal.
"The greens are rolling at a fast pace. That means that holes that are difficult become more challenging," said club pro Ken Bramhall.
Kyle Souza of Vista, Calif., and Jeff Burton of Scottsdale, Ariz., each shot a 5-under-par 66 to end the day tied for third place.
Reigning champion Tim Ailes started off his first round strong. He birdied three out of his first five holes of the day and finished the day with seven to end the day 4-under. Tim Kunick of Bismark, N.D., and Thomas Campbell of Hopkins each shot a 4-under.
Ailes sunk his par-threes easily and the 15th hole was no different. He had to hit into the wind after having the wind on the previous hole at his back. After a tee shot straight down the fairway, he chipped his ball to about 10 yards from the hole. He sunk the putt for his sixth birdie of the day.
Ailes, a native of Ohio, was looking forward to his return to southwest Minnesota.
"I always like Marshall. It's always in good shape and I play well," he said after his round.
Ailes currently sits in sixth place on the Dakotas Tour.
Amateur threesomes were paired with the pros for the day as part of the Pro-Am event. Tom McLaughlin enjoyed his round, but his key to stay on top of his game was simple.
"Drink a lot of water," he said after his round.
The Dakotas tour is a professional golf tour that takes place June through September. The 18 events take place in Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota. The Marshall Open is the ninth event on the tour.