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Geniza leads, Wilson Jr. in hunt at RV Stroke Play Championships

Kevin Geniza leads the pack after the opening day of the Rogue Valley Stroke Play Championships on Saturday at Centennial Golf Club.

Geniza of Emerald Valley Golf Club, a former two-time Class 5A state medalist, carded a 5-under-par 67 in the first of the two-round event in the men’s championship flight but is closely followed by Mark Wilson Jr., who scored a 68.

In the men’s open flight, Michael Forney is in charge after the first round with a 74 and Kristopher Kaufman is in second with a 75.

After the first round, John Mansfield shot a 67 to grab a five-shot lead over Brad Bills (72) in the senior men’s championship flight, while Charles McGarry has the lead in the senior open flight with a 79.

In the super senior division, Kevin Klabunde is comfortably out in front with a 68 but Jim Hoffman, Pat Daggitt and Wade Bird are still in the hunt with 74s. In the super senior open flight, David Allen scored a 75 to grab a two-shot lead over Jim Hatton (77).

Peyton Cannon came away with a 74 after the first day of the ladies championship flight. Cannon’s only challenger in Day 2 could be Carolyn Turner, who turned in a 79 as the third-place score is an 87 by Sandy Day.

ROGUE VALLEY STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS

FIRST ROUND (TOP 10)

Men’s Division

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

GROSS: Kevin Geniza 67, Mark Wilson Jr. 68, Tommy Smith 69, Tyler Mulligan 70, Corey Marineau 72, Taylor Klemp 72, Riggs Loftin 73, Jacob Gooding 73, Jared McBride 74, Steven Celayeta 75, David Murphy 75, Michael Payne 75, Tony Conklin 75.

OPEN FLIGHT

GROSS: Michael Forney 74, Kristopher Kaufman 75, Eric Bruhn 77, Jake Rockwell 79, Doug Bornemann 80, Jeremiah Paladino 81, Kameron Kaufman 81, Clint Gridley 83, Alex Jacobberger 84, Chris Wood 85, Davin Robertson 85.

Senior Division

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

GROSS: John Mansfield 67, Brad Bills 72, Marty Morlan 74, Mark Wilson Sr. 74, Marshall Holman 74, Brian Edwards 75, Dave Schoenmann 75, Ken Stringer 76, Dan Keck 76, Kevin Croucher 77.

OPEN FLIGHT

GROSS: Charles McGarry 79, Eric Hansen 80, Brian Paulsen 81, Jeff Hamlett 82, Chris Stark 86, Kevin Williams 86, Andy Read 86, Bill Walton 87, Rob Verdie 89, Kazuji Sato 89.

Super Senior Division

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

GROSS: Kevin Klabunde 68, Jim Hoffman 74, Pat Daggitt 74, Wade Bird 74, Steve Josephson 75, Steve Boldish 75, John Johnson 76, Robert Cox 76, Don Sever 77, Ken Weist 77.

OPEN FLIGHT

GROSS: David Allen 75, Jim Hatton 77, Phil Brown 78, Paul Reynolds 78, Dennis Murphy 80, Norm Hall 82, Rod Reid 83, Nick Viani 84, Charlie McFarland 85, Mike Moylan 86.

Ladies Division

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

GROSS: Peyton Cannon 74, Carolyn Turner 79, Sandy Day 87, Lee Ann Loftin 89, Lindsey Crosier 89, Darla Allen 94, Marnie Binney 95, Deanna St. Martin 96, Laurel Kiichli 98.

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