Glenn Przybylski looked to be in championship form Saturday, shooting the best round of the day as he opened defense of his title at the Naperville Men’s City Golf Championship.
Przybylski of Frankfort fired a 3-under-par 69 at Naperbrook Golf Course and holds a one-stroke lead over three players as the 133-man field moves to Springbrook Golf Course for Sunday’s final round in the 36-hole event.
“I like these golf courses, especially Springbrook,” said the 47-year-old Przybylski. “It’s a really good test.”
Nick Corban, Jack Hawes and Craig Martin are all tied for second at 2-under par 70. Matt Shipley holds fifth place after shooting even par 72 and three players — Jason Roach, Joseph Fritz and Erik Anderson — are tied for sixth at 1-over 73.
“I played really well on the front nine,” Przybylski said. “I birdied four of the first six holes and was hitting my wedges really close.
“On the back nine I didn’t play as well and had a couple of three putts (which led to two of his three bogeys on the back nine.) The other (bogey) came on one of the par 3s when I didn’t get up and down.”
Przybylski shot 73-72 — 145 last year to edge Cody Sundburg by one stroke. Ryan Miller (147) and Dave Cooke (148) rounded out the top four but all three of those players are not playing this year.
Corban, a senior on the golf team at NCAA Division II Wisconsin-Parkside, was one of five players who tied for fifth in this event last year.
“This is my third year in this tournament and it’s one of my favorites of the summer,” said Corban, a Plainfield North graduate.
“I just have fun here. This is a great course and it’s in nice shape. I love the greens.
“Tomorrow, I just need to stay patient. I had back-to-back bogeys today on 14 and 15 but saving 6 on the par 5 (14th) might have been the highlight of my round after I drove out of bounds.”
Martin, who said he’s played in the tourney the last 10-15 years, said he was hitting it close to the pin early in the round.
“On the first 10 holes I was within 15 feet but I didn’t make any, except two,” he said. “I hit it really well but didn’t putt well or it could have been even better.
“I finished with two bogeys and four birdies. Biggest excitement for me was my battery dying on my Bushnell (rangefinder) and I had some trouble after that. You get used to the technology.”
Hawes is a college sophomore at Indiana University. He played on varsity for three years at Naperville Central but does not play in college and this is his first time playing this tournament.
“It’s one of my lowest rounds ever,” he said. “I’ve been playing more this summer. I had to have hit 15 greens (in regulation).
“I expected to shoot 74-75. I didn’t expect to go this low. I played in one other tournament this summer, a U.S. Amateur qualifier, but mostly I’m just playing for fun.”
The championship flight (for 0-4 handicappers is based on gross score while flights A through E are based on net scores.
Ricky Garcia (63), Tony Holguin (64), Joe Costello (61), Chuck Wilde (60) and Dennis Thompson (63) are the first-round leaders in flights A through E, respectively.
Scores, Naperville Men’s City Championship
1st Round, Naperbrook Golf Course
Par 72, 6,800 yards
Glenn Przybylski 69 Nick Corban 70 Craig Martin 70 Jack Hawes 70 Matt Shipley 72 Jason Roach 73 Erik Anderson 73 Joseph Fritz 73 Tommy Deschler 74 Brian Gerber 74 John Arenson 74 Paul Jansky 75 Jack Neuman 75 Tom Ferguson 75 Phil Whittles 75 Tom Ferguson 75 Brett Kirhofer 76 Kody Willis 76 Chuck Surina Jr. 76 Tony Ducato 77 Michael Somone 78 Dave Stephens 78 Patrick Coyle 79 Jeff Korkus 80 Greg Hawes 80 Paul Nelson 81 Blair Skarin 81 Caleb Funke 81 Kevin Yeazell Jr. 82 Jim Keefe 82 Ryan Patera 83 Nick Buege 84 Brad Downen 85 John Walsh 85 Peter Kaufman 86 Brendan Chaves 91
A FLIGHT (net scores)
Rick Garcia 63 Greg Cornwell 64 Jim Cannan 67 Jeff Shonhoff 67 Mike Herbert 70 Ken Wood 71 John Ovington 72 Scott Kolar 72 Michael Realie 73 Raymond Basso 74 Steven Ferguson 75 Dave Clark 75 Ricky Garcia 76 Brad Spencer 76 Brian Leslie 77 Kenny Wood 77 Sheldon Phillips 78 Jeremy Dlabl 83
B FLIGHT (net)
Terry Holguin 64 Brian Dixon 67 Prafu Karanth 68 Jon Sohn 68 Manesh Daryanani 69 Satendra Singh 70 Gary Miller 70 Robert Engels 70 Nick Riva 71 Doug Wuerfl 77 Vito Moscato 77 Kevin Yeazell 78 Randy Depue 78 George French 79 Mark Falcone 80 Brandon Buzzell 81 Mike Coble 81
C FLIGHT (net)
Joe Costello 61 John Morretti 65 Bob Kamin 65 Patrick Meyer 66 Bob Childress 67 Terry Whitlock 67 Brian Trout 68 Dennis Grant 69 John Thomas 69 Jeremy Attal 70 Steven Turner 71 Jim Pokorny 72 Bob Ludlum 73 Bobby Merritt 73 Archie Emmert 74 David Fritz 75 Dave Jonas 77 Billy Kimbrell 77 Van Simios 77 John Holden 78 Scott Wolff 79 Dave Johnson 80 Joe Oh 81
D FLIGHT (net)
Chuck Wilde 60 Bruce Richmond 68 Amit Gupta 69 Steve Crambrone 70 Denny Heatherly 70 Andrew Liu 70 Michael Petropoulos 70 Ronnie Selby 71 Kevin Shields 71 Stan Mitchell 72 Oscar Alonso 74 Phil Wierzbinski 75 Ken Jeffers 77 Rich Patera 78 Michael Ducato 78 Ed Chaves 80
E FLIGHT (net)
Dennis Thompson 63 Jim Brown 66 Aidan Moriarty 67 Sam Ferguson 68 Michael Moretti 69 Terry Kew 70 Jim Pniak 70 John Cise 72 Mike Piszczek 73 Anand Chandrashekar 73 Mike Wolford 73 Jim Joseph 74 Joe Desnoyers 74 Paul Cigne 74 Kai Liu 76 Nicholas Bock 76 Andrew Brownson 76 Harold Tannenbaum 77 Gary Baumgartner 77 Joel Day 78 Tom Dicianni 78 Shyam Santhanam 84