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Jarvis leads Chrysler field

Posted: Sunday, August 08, 2004

Norm Jarvis is happy with how his game is coming along.

The pro, who is based in Vancouver, B.C., fired a 2-under-par 70 to take the lead after the first round of the Kenai Chrysler Golf Championship Saturday at the Kenai Golf Course.

Jarvis who said after the round that he's struggled with his game at times this summer had no trouble taming the difficult Kenai course, making birdies on his first two holes to help him take a one-shot lead over Tony Grimes.

"I've worked on a few things, and it's starting to come," he said.

Jarvis said his putter was with him all day, giving him confidence on the unpredictable greens.

"My putting is getting a lot better," he said.

Because his play has been up and down this summer, Jarvis said he hasn't played as many tournaments this year as in the past. However, he said before coming to Kenai he felt like things were starting to click.

"If I'm playing good, I hurry up and try to make plane reservations," he joked.

Jarvis will have to continue to play well if he wants to stay ahead of a talented group of four players nipping at his heels that includes two players Grimes and Jim Hennessey (73) who played in the final group last year. Also lurking is Rich Lundahl at even par and Scott Taylor, who fired a 73 while playing with Grimes and Lundahl in the most competitive group of the day.

"We had a good group today," Lundahl said. "We kinda fed off each other."

Grimes agreed. He said watching Lundahl and Taylor play well helped him overcome a rocky start that saw him 3-over after just six holes.

"It was a Clint Eastwood round," Grimes said. "There was the good, the bad, and the ugly."

After starting out badly, Grimes said he was able to get things going by watching his playing partners do well.

"Someone was playing good all the time and it kind of brought the others around," he said.

Grimes and Lundahl may be able to feed off each other again today as they try to catch Jarvis. It's a position Grimes said he's happy to be in, despite the fact that he can't seem to shake his friend Lundahl, who like Grimes is based in the Phoenix area.

"I can't get rid of Rich," Grimes said. "Here we are 4,200 miles from home and I still end up playing with him."

Following the first round, none of the leaders could really guess as to what it would take to pull out a victory. Last year, Billy Bomar won with a score of even-par 144, but Jarvis, Grimes and Lundahl seemed to agree that it will likely take a score below par to bring home the top prize in the $35,000 tournament.

"I think if Norm shoots 2-under again tomorrow, he's got a real good chance," Lundahl said.

Although Jarvis currently holds a slim edge, everyone also agreed that the real battle will probably come down to the final few holes.

"When you get to the last six holes, that's when the tournament is won or lost," Jarvis said.

Notes: Also Saturday, the Great Bear Ford Long Drive Competition took place on the No. 8 fairway. Winning top honors was Aaron Dexheimer, who smashed a 331-yard drive to beat out second-place Rob Nelson and third-place Mark England in the professional division. In the amateur division, Tony Azzara took first place with a 287-yard drive. Steve Dexheimer finished second, while Doug Jung took third ... 2003 winner Billy Bomar fired a 77 and is tied for 10th place with former winner Bryan Anderson and Kenai course record holder Nelson ... Kenai's Eldon Harvey had the best score for a peninsula golfer at 78, one stroke better than Soldotna's Tom Walsh.

Kenai Chrysler Open

At Kenai Golf Course

Round one

Saturday

Open Division

Norm Jarvis 70

Tony Grimes 71

Rich Lundahl 72

Jim Hennessey 73

Scott Taylor 73

James Contreras 76

Aaron Dexheimer 76

John McBride 76

Ryan Sparks 76

Billy Bomar 77

Bryan Anderson 77

Rob Nelson 77

Eldon Harvey 78

Mark Bomar 79

Tom Walsh 79

Mark England 79

Don Parker 79

Matt Matarrese 80

Mark Matarrese 81

Louie Runge 81

Curt Zander 81

Bill Engberg 81

Tom Mulka 82

Doug Jung 82

Zac Gavlac 82

Trevis Kordus 82

Ken Liedes 84

Lorne Smagge 84

James Seal 88

Jim Bradford 89

1st Flight Gross Net

Bill Burtram 81 72

Todd Eskelin 82 73

Tom Reese 82 73

Jesse Wade 85 75

Rene Alvarez 86 76

Mike Navarre 96 86

Dustin Jung 97 89

Don Siebels 98 89

2nd Flight Gross Net

Steve Dexheimer 83 69

Kirk Hyman 85 69

Dan Cabrera 88 73

Tom Hartman 89 70

Norton Dablemont 90 74

Alan Norville 95 75

John Downs 96 84

Eddie Sibolboro 97 84

Gary Katison 97 83

Charles Rehder 97 81

Bill Fletcher 99 89

3rd Flight

Cliff Baker 90 69

Keith Stuart 90 73

Mike Koskinas 94 73

Charlie Kahakuwila 94 82

Ron Rozak 98 75

Earl Frawner 99 70

Mike Kebschull 99 84

Rod Peterkin 106 82

Shawn Anderson 107 80

Great Bear Ford Long Drive Contest

Pro division

1. Aaron Dexheimer (331 yards)

2. Rob Nelson

3. Mark England

Amateur division

1. Tony Azzara (287 yards)

2. Steve Dexheimer

3. Doug Jung



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