LINDEN — Flushing golfers ruled the opening day of Flint Junior Golf Association play on Monday.
Joe Montpas shot 1-under-par 71 at Spring Meadows Country Club to lead the boys’ division of the Jack Nicklaus Group, and Kerrigan Parks carded 76 to top the girls’ field.
Montpas, who tied for third in the recent Div. 1 state meet, finished two strokes ahead of Grand Blanc grad Alex Finsterwald. Flushing’s Nick Winiarski shot 75.
Parks was seven strokes ahead of Flushing teammate Brooke Thomas. Taylor Harding of Goodrich was third with an 85.
In all, 68 of the 84 players in the Nicklaus Group turned out in warm, humid conditions to open the FJGA’s 76th season.
Anthony Castanos of Grand Blanc topped the boys’ first flight with a 76, three strokes ahead of Davison’s Brandon Walker. Lapeer’s Brooke Gibbons, Holly’s Jenna Pepper and Fenton’s Keegan Miller each shot 94 to lead the girls’ first flight.
Grand Blanc’s Nick Bruett led the boys’ no-handicap division with a 76. Trent Barth shot 78 and Noah Rocheleau 80.
FJGA golfers will move over to the Flint Elks Club next week for the twoday Mancour Cup. The low 16 scores on Monday will advance to Tuesday’s final round, with the winner decided by the two-day total. The winner gains exemption into the Randy Wise AJGA Open, an American Junior Golf Association event at Warwick Hills in August.