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Murphy off to hot start at city championships

Two-time defending champion Kevin Murphy shot a 5-under-par 67 to take the lead after the opening day of the Rogue Valley Stroke Play Championships at Centennial Golf Club on Saturday.

The former Rogue River High standout, who now golfs at Oregon State, owns a three-stroke edge on South Medford’s Reese Fisher and Klamath Falls’ Craig Ronne, who both fired 70s.

Those three will tee off at 1:27 p.m. this afternoon. The Championships, also known as the city championships, conclude today.

Mike Barry and Ryan Whittaker each recorded a 71.

Murphy became the first back-to-back winner in the city in 14 years last year, shooting a two-day score of 9-under 135.

The other first-day leaders were Nick Daggitt (men’s open), Jay Klemp (men’s junior-senior), John Kandaris (men’s senior), Pat Daggitt (men’s super senior) and Christina Phelps (women).

Rogue Valley Stroke Play Championships

Men's Championship: Kevin Murphy 67, Reese Fisher 70, Craig Ronne 70, Ryan Whittaker 71, Mike Barry 71, Tyler Swinton 72, Mark Wilson 72.

Men's Open: Nick Daggitt 70, Blake Bartlett 70, Jay Miller 74, Alex Jacobberger 74, Mike Forney 76, Mike Boffing 77.

Men's Junior-Senior: Jay Klemp 70, Marty Morlan 73, Kelly Rasmussen 74, Brad Bills 78.

Men's Senior: John Kandaris 70, Gary Loeb 74, Paul Reynolds 74, Marshal Holman 74, Jim Hoffman 75, Dirk Johnson 75, Bryan Schlafke 75.

Men's Super Senior: Pat Daggitt 74, Duane Nelson 74, Jon Paauwe 75, Chuck Grytness 75, John Ferris 76, Dick Brekke 76.

Women's: Christina Phelps 77, Sandy Day 78, Kelly Loeb 80, Lindsey Crosier 82, Tracie Armitage 82.