White Leads After Opening Round of 103rd Turtle Creek Casino Michigan Open

ACME – The 103rd Turtle Creek Casino Michigan Open teed off Monday at The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

Michigan Open R1 Vo 4Caledonia’s Brett White sits atop the leaderboard after carding a 6-under 66. White leads Howell’s James Holley and Ben VanScoyk of Grand Rapids by two strokes.

Traverse City Golf and Country Club PGA Professional Scott Hebert is in a five-way tie for fourth at 3-under. Hebert is a six-time champion of the event, having last won in 2006.

Defending champion Eric Lilleboe of Okemos sits alone in ninth at 2-under.

Weather proved to be a factor for some golfers during Monday’s opening round.Michigan Open R1 Wrap

“You always kind of expect it out here, although it was a little bit of a different wind direction than what we normally get out here,” Traverse City West graduate and current professional Alex Scott said. “I’ve played out here a ton, and this is an unusual one. It has definitely the home vibes, get to sleep in my own bed and I get to do my own thing so it’s nice.”

Michigan Open R1 Vo 3“The wind out of the southeast, that’s a funny wind, that’s when the golf course plays its hardest when 6,7 and 8 are into the wind and that’s the way it was today,” added Hebert. “It was really blowing. To get through that stretch a couple under par, that’s really what made the difference in the round.”

Traverse City’s Randall Hutchinson is tied for 10th a 1-under while Scott is tied for 20th at even par.

Former PGA and Web.com Tour professional Doug LaBelle II of Mt. Pleasant is tied for 42nd at 2-over. Boyne Golf Academy PGA teaching professional and two-time Michigan Open champion Jeff Roth is in 63rd at 3-over.

The 103rd edition of the Michigan Open Championship features the tournament’s largest-ever purse of $115,000.

The 72-hole, four-day tournament continues at 8 a.m. Tuesday.