First Round Action Rolling in at Whitewater for Staal Open

18th Green at the Staal Open at Whitewater Golf Club
18th Green at the Staal Open at Whitewater Golf Club

THUNDER BAY – SPORTS – Thunder Bay golfer Evan DeGrazia shot a first round 74 at the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Staal Foundation Open.

DeGrazia says that he hit some great drives, and great approach shots, but his putter was a “little cold”. He figures he needs to get down into the sixties to make the cut and play this weekend.

The young Thunder Bay golfer didn’t expect to play in this year’s tournament but was a late addition.

He promised to re-focus overnight and hit some solid putts on Friday.Conditions at Whitewater Golf course started a little damp this morning, tee times were pushed back by an hour.

Even DeGrazia is two over. If the putter were working he figures he could have been a lot lower.
Even DeGrazia is two over. If the putter were working he figures he could have been a lot lower.

Players are shooting some pretty hot scores out on Whitewater today. At 17:22, the leader is David Pastore from the United States who is seven under par through 14 holes.

Full scoring can be found at www.staalopen.ca.

The last players off the tee were at 3:00PM EDT. That means for locals hoping to catch some of the action at the Staal Foundation out at Whitewater there will be some early evening golf.

Hockey in Thunder Bay at the Staal Foundation Open
Hockey in Thunder Bay at the Staal Foundation Open

Lots to Do at Staal Open

Golf and Kettle Corn
Golf and Kettle Corn
Fun for the kids at the Staal Foundation Open
Fun for the kids at the Staal Foundation Open

Grant Fuhr looking to get on the 10th green following a brief exit from the fairway
Grant Fuhr looking to get on the 10th green following a brief exit from the fairway

Ted Smith, a 31 year old from Ohio, chipping out of the sand trap on the 10th hole
Ted Smith, a 31 year old from Ohio, chipping out of the sand trap on the 10th hole

Jeff Hunter following through on his drive off the 18th tee.  Jeff is one of 4 golfers representing Thunder Bay at the Staal Foundation Open. Robbie Untinen, Walter Keating Jr, and Evan DeGrazia will also be competing.
Jeff Hunter following through on his drive off the 18th tee.

Photos by Guy Gascoigne.

Golf and Kettle Corn
Golf and Kettle Corn

18th Green at the Staal Open at Whitewater Golf Club
18th Green at the Staal Open at Whitewater Golf Club