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Cornell, Myers share early lead at Vandersluis

Clint Cornell and Brandon Myers share the Men's Championship lead after the first round of the Vandersluis Memorial Golf Tournament at Bemidji Town & Country Club.

Each shot a three-under-par 69 on Saturday and lead 2011 Birchmont champion Johnny Larson by two strokes.

Defending Vandersluis champion Chris Curb shot 72 and is three strokes off the lead.

There is a three-way tie at the top of the leader board in the Senior Men's Championship.

Ross Kvittem, Greg Tighe and Ray Sauer all shot three-over 75 to pace the field after the first round. John Hagge is one stroke back at 76. Bill Freeman and Rob Noren shot 77.

Round two of the three-round stroke play tournament continues Sunday and the final round is Monday.

There are 172 entrants competing in this year's Vandersluis.


Men's Championship

Top 20 after Round 1 of 3

Par 72

Clint Cornell 69

Brandon Myers 69

Johnny Larson 71

Chris Curb 72

Nick Forsberg 72

Tom Jenkins 72

Neil Rude 72

Lee Cavanagh 73

Bruce Hegland 73

Brian Buffie 74

Jason Capes 74

Derek Hasselberg 74

Jim Foss 75

Mike Frost 75

Josh Bergrud 76

Trey Dale 76

Nathan Brewinski 77

Lee Hetletved 79

Patrick Kenney 79

Joe Moosbrugger 79

Steve Gillies 80

Curt Howard 80

Toby Palmiscno 80