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Four Teams Share Lead After Opening Round of Mid-Am Team

Apr 10, 2016

50 teams showed up to Hillview CC today to kick off the 2016 tournament season.  Four teams posted best ball totals of 6-under-par, 66 to grab a share of the lead heading into tomorrow’s final round of the IGA Mid-Am Team Championship.

Adam Grant, Noblesville, and Joe Gradison, Indianapolis, used the best ball format to their advantage, ham-and-egging their way around the course.

“Joe is strong off the tee and my short game is usually pretty good,” Grant said.  “I sunk a 12 footer today and Joe saved a 15 footer, both for pars, so that kept us alive.  We ham-and-egged it pretty well.”

Grant and Gradison won this event in 2010 and look for a second win tomorrow.

“We always seem to have a chance in this event,” Grant said.  “We usually play pretty solid together as a team.”

Brad Chesterman, West Lafayette, and Jeremy Senk, Fort Wayne, also look for their second win at the Mid-Am Team, with a previous win coming in 2005.

“It would be meaningful for us to win again,” Senk said.  “We were teammates at Purdue so it’s always fun getting back together for this event and seeing what kind of score we can post."

Andrew Rhodes, Westfield, and Drew Shafer, Indianapolis, also posted 66 this afternoon.

“We didn’t have any bogeys today,” Rhodes said.  “We each made one double, but then our partner saved par so it didn’t end up hurting us,” added Shafer.

With just three groups left on the course,