Chris Morin will have to overcome four players if he wants to win his fifth Donald R. Morgan Club Championship in six years at Kenai Golf Course.
Battling windy conditions, Morin fired a 12-over-par 84 on Saturday in the first round of the two-day tournament, which concludes Sunday. Charlie Kahakauwila leads the event with his first round of 80, while Tom Reese and Dave Litchfield are tied for second at 82 and Rene Alvarez is in fourth at 83.
The tournament actually has three divisions — ladies, men’s and senior.
The ladies division features a close fight between Lara Griffin and Mariane Hyman. Hyman had a gross 97 and net 68 on the first day, while Griffin is at 100 and 76. In the men’s division, Morin is at 84 and 78, while Andrew Reed is at 97 and 86.
The seniors have a much more extensive field, with Kahakauwila at 80 and 68, Reese at 82 and 69, Litchfield at 82 and 71 and Alvarez at 83 and 70. Also, Mike Kebschull and Pat Bowen are tied at 87 and 70, Chuck Ruppenthal is at 88 and 73, Bill Davis is at 90 and 79, Bobby Bush is at 93 and 78, Kirk Hyman is at 95 and 82, and John Gibson is at 113 and 95.