Following a celebratory Friday evening following his induction into the Fairview Golf Course Hall of Fame, Brad Nurski found a way to turn an off day into a first-round lead.
Nurksi finished Day 1 of the Fairview Championship with a low round of 67, leading the field by a single stroke heading into today's final round.
“I got off to a hot start (Saturday) and lagged on the back a little bit. I hung on there after a few shots, made a couple birdies coming in,” Nurski said. “I’m hanging in there. (Today's) a different day. Gotta keep fighting.”
Playing alongside longtime friends Brian Haskell, who shot a 73, and Mark Korell, who sits in third with a round of 69, Nurski fired a 4-under front 9 before following it up with a 1-under back 9.
“You’ve gotta take advantage of the par 5s because they’re short, and I did not do that. I played the par 5s 1-under,” Nurski said. “I’ve gotta take advantage of them (Sunday) and hit better tee balls. I wasn’t in a great position the par 5s.”
Nurski will attempt to fend off Zach Poe, who shot a 69, along with Korell and Reggie Johnston, who fired a 71 in the first round.
On the heels of last week’s St. Joseph Country Club Championship and his third Missouri Amateur title last month, Nurski still never finds it easy to seal any win.
“Golf isn’t easy, period. It’s hard to win at home, but it’s hard to win, period,” Nurski said. “Once you come out here, you’ve just gotta continue to fight and play your game.”
After a night in which he joined his fellow friends in the course’s hall of fame, Saturday’s round — minus Matt Thrasher — allowed for the group to soak in playing a competitive round all together.
“It’s just a great opportunity to play golf with all my friends. It’s very unfortunate Matt couldn’t play this weekend, but there’s nothing better than this, going out with your buddies,” Korell said. “It’s an honor to be inducted into the hall of fame, but going out and making memories — that’s what it’s all about.”
Although no area golfer seems to feel safe, despite being within a few strokes of the Missouri Western Hall-of-Famer, they do know they at least have a fighting chance.
“He turned a 62 into a 67, kept us in it. (Today's) a different ball game. Two back, at least I have a shot,” Korell said. “That’s all I can ask for.”