Kyle and Derick Kelting won two points each at the first two holes, and by the time four holes had been played in the first round of the 2017 Budweiser Partnership at Ross Rogers WildHorse they enjoyed a 6-up margin.
That quick start in the low-ball, low-total format of this 66th annual event eventually paved the way to a 11 and 10 triumph over the team of Ralph Ellis-Reid Sidwell that ended at the 13th hole.
Kyle Kelting, the soon-to-be 55-year-old defending champion of the Coors Tournament of Champions, made six birdies on his own ball as he and son Derick advanced to this morning’s quarterfinal round where they will play the team of Brayden Cruth-Jeff Henderson beginning at 8:30 a.m. If they are victorious in that match the Keltings will return for an afternoon semifinal match beginning at 1:30 p.m. as they attempt to become the fourth team since 2008 to win it back-to-back.
While Friday’s opening round of matches was played at the WildHorse layout, the remaining matches in the championship flight will be contested at the longer, and perhaps tougher Mustang course. Sunday’s 36-hole final matching today’s semifinal winners will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Of the eight opening round matches on Friday, only two reached the 18th hole. Four of them didn’t advance beyond the 14th hole, meaning that six of the eight were pretty much of the blowout variety while one actually never started.
The one that didn’t start was the one in which Cruth and Henderson won by default against the team of J.D. Dickerson of Plainview and Michael White of Lubbock. White had to go back home late Thursday evening because of a medical emergency and that team never made it to the starting hole.
The two closest matches featured a 1-up triumph by the team of Brent Bullard-Derek Kellog over Jarrett Johnston and Shane Westbrook and a 2-up win by the team of Braxton Sides and Michael Hodson over Tyler Paige and Ty Blewett.
The Borger duo of Dylan Coffer-Will Paulsell turned back the team of Scott and Clay Lankford in the next closest match that ended at the 16th hole.
The blowout matches included a 9 and 8 win by the team of Kent Neal-Max Shaw over the team of Luke Kane-Tate Allred that concluded at the 14th hole, a 12 and 10 win by the team of Casey Weiss-John Dawson that ended at No. 13 and a 15 and 14 win by the Borger team of Bobby Barber-Michael Casey over Daniel Higgins and Rick Guy at the 11th hole.
This morning’s other quarterfinal matches include Bullard-Kellog vs. Neal-Shaw, Coffer-Paulsell vs. Barber-Casey in an all-Borger setting and Weiss-Dawson vs. Sides-Hodson.