Jeff Roth Leads Tournament of Champions After Round 1 at Boyne Mountain

BOYNE FALLS – Jeff Roth carded eight birdies and finished with a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the 28th Michigan PGA Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain’s Alpine Course on Monday.

Barrett Kelpin, the 2015 champion, and Otto Black are one and two strokes back, respectively, as Roth eyes his sixth Tournament of Champions title. Roth, a Boyne Golf Academy instructor, won the first Tournament of Champions title in 1995 and last won in 2012. Kelpin and Black are both PGA Tour Latinoamerica players.

“I love the event,” Roth said after Monday’s first round. “Over the years, my family and I have had a lot of great times up here. Now being a Boyne employee, up at the Highlands, it’s just great to represent the company like this.”

Traverse City Golf and Country Club PGA Professional and 2009 winner Scott Hebert sits tied for seventh after shooting a 2-under on Monday. Fellow Traverse City resident Randall Hutchinson is in fourth at 4-under.

“This is a great event,” Hebert said. “This was a brain child that happened a long time ago and it’s got a lot of tradition and I’m glad to take part in it. I look forward to it every year.”

Traverse City native and recently turned professional Alex Scott is tied for 54th at 3-over.

“It was a very weird day,” Scott said. “You know, I didn’t really hit it all that good off the tee. I missed quite a few fairways and especially during the rain today, coming from wet rough is pretty difficult. Sometimes you just kind of come out like nothing or sometimes it would come out flying, so my distance control wasn’t very good into the greens.”

The second round tees off at 8 a.m. Tuesday.