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Devin Tovey takes first-round lead at Salt Lake City Amateur

SALT LAKE CITY — Devin Tovey picked a good time to shoot his best-ever round at Bonneville Golf Course.

The 22-year-old Salt Lake native, who plays for East Central University in Oklahoma, fired a 6-under-par 66 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round of the Richard C. Kramer Salt Lake City Amateur. Tovey, who was an all-state golfer for Highland High School, said he had never broken 70 at Bonneville before Saturday’s sterling round.

One stroke back at 67 is BYU golfer C.J. Lee, who just completed his sophomore year in Provo. Fifty-eight-year-old Steve Poulson, who won the City Am in 2000 with the lowest tournament score in history, is another stroke back at 68, while five golfers — Steven Croft, Charlie Duensing, Mike Branca, Patrick Fishburn and Glen Spencer — all came in at 69.

The leaders will be re-paired with the final group going out at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Three golfers, Austin Green, Rick Groendyke and Brady Watkins, lead A Flight at 71, while three golfers, Dalton Driggers, Travis Howick and Ron Newren, lead B Flight at 81.


Richard C. Kramer Salt Lake City Amateur

Bonneville Golf Course (par-72)

First-round results

Championship Flight

66 — Devin Tovey

67 — C.J. Lee

68 — Steve Poulson

69 — Steven Croft, Charlier Duensing, Mike Branca, Patrick Fishburn, Glen Spencer

70 — Carl Jensen, Wallace Spencer

71 — Ryan Brimley, Cameron Crawford, Brandon Kida, Jose Pelayo, J.T. Timmons, Jacee Stokes

A Flight

71 — Austin Green, Rick Groendyke, Brady Watkins

B Flight

81 — Dalton Driggers, Travis Howick, Ron Newren