Gregory Sibick, who is entering his senior year at Nichols School, is in a three-way tie for 10th place after the first round of the 92nd New York State Men’s Amateur Golf Championship at Bellevue Country Club in Syracuse. The good news is that he’s only two strokes off the lead.
Sibick started with two bogeys but righted himself and played par golf with two birdies and two bogeys the rest of the way for an opening 73.
There’s a five-way tie for first at even-par 71 and four more a stroke back at 72.
Billy Gaffney, a junior at Youngstown State University who plays out of Crag Burn is among eight golfers tied for 13th place at 74.
Other WNY scores are: Kyle Harman (Crag Burn) 77, Jonathan Clark (Crag Burn) 78, Andrew Edbauer (Wanakah) and David Berkun (Westwood) 79, Gregory Cecchini (Crag Burn) and Bob Rosen (CC of Buffalo) 81; Andrew Romano (Lancaster) 82, Curtis Fearrington (Byrncliff) 83, Eric Hajnos (River Oaks) 89 and Mark Hajnos (River Oaks) 97.
The field of 131 will play another round of 18 today with 36 holes on Thursday to wrap up the medal-play event.
Elsewhere, David Hanes, a junior at St. Francis, grabbed a share of the lead in the qualifying round of the Buffalo District Junior Match Play Championship at Sheridan Park. Hanes was tied with former Williamsville North golfer Matthew Lesinski at 72, one stroke in front of Ben Reichert, another Williamsville North player.
Matthew Jackson shot 79 to lead the sub-junior division.
The tournament continues on Thursday at Sheridan.