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Posted by on September 23, 2017 5:41 PM

Spartanburg, SC - Greeted by a morning with a glimpse of fall temperatures, the 23rd Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational welcomed 75 players from 21 states. With a field decorated with many achievements, including 16 of the top 100 players, 11 state champions, 9 USGA Qualifiers, 14 AJGA champions and 18 other major championships, the Country Club of Spartanburg still provided a test for each player. A tournament immersed in history, each year we honor and remember Bobby Chapman through this tournament, a man who loved golf and always remembered the integrity of the game was more important than the score.

Firing an opening round six under (65), Padraic Sim from Spanish Fort, Alabama carded one eagle and six birdies to take the first-round lead at the 23rd Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational. Earning his invitation by winning the 2017 Alabama State Golf Association Junior Championship, Sim started on the back-nine and caught fire on 15,16, and 17 with two birdies and one eagle to surge to the top of the leaderboard and never looked back. Sim, a University of Washington commit, talked about his round and how the early start kept him focused throughout the day. After the four under push, Sim headed to the front-nine and kept an even round to post a six under, 65.

Only two shots back and looking for a victory, two players will look forward to round two and their chance to give Sim a run for the title. Ryan Smith from Carlsbad, California carded seven birdies on his round today to post a four under (67). Starting on the front side and turning at three under, Smith stayed focused on the final three holes to card three birdies and jump only two behind the leader. One other player at four, Austin Coggin (Vestavia Hills, AL), carded five birdies and only one bogey to finish his round in a tie for second.

Round two of the 23rd Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational begins at 9am at the Country Club of Spartanburg.