Jeremy Summerson, the 2017 Rochester District Junior champion, was in a three-way tie for the lead at 1-under par 70 after Tuesday’s first round of qualifying for the 66th International Junior Masters Tournament at East Aurora Country Club.
Summerson won the New York State Boys Championship in 2015. He is entering his senior year at Victor High in suburban Rochester.
Tied with Summerson are Nicholas Quintero of Valle Del Cauca, Colombia, and New York City’s Matt Singer, who plays out of Hudson Hills in Ossining.
Summerson and Quintero each had an eagle in their round. Singer had no eagle, but made three birdies and had only two bogeys in his round.
The entire field of 79 golfers will play another 18-hole medal round Wednesday morning. After the brackets are set, the first round of match play will follow in the afternoon. Thirty-two golfers will qualify for match play in the championship bracket.
Overall, it was not a great day for the Western New York contingent. Andrew LaCongo of Holland was the closest to the leaders, three back after shooting 2-over 73. That put him in a five-way tie for eighth place.
Charlie Fisher of Orchard Park was tied for 20th at 75.
Jack Haxton of Orchard Park, who golfed for St. Francis, was at 77, as were Matt Jeffe of South Wales and Mike Donner of Hamburg. Ian Wagner of Medina shot 78.
Aidan Shaw of Orchard Park was nine strokes off the lead with 8-over 79.
Of course, the medal scores will not be important if a golfer can gain a spot in the top 32 and at at shot at the championship bracket.
Five Canadian golfers were in the top 12 after Tuesday’s round along with Quintero of Colombia, Mexiso’s Luis Pacheco and five from the U.S.