Max Christiana apparently got refocused in a hurry after he conceded the championship match of the Westchester Am in order to get over to Winged Foot and join Max Buckley for their afternoon tee time at Anderson Memorial Four-Ball Invitational.
The defending champions from Westchester Country Club were 4-under on the East Course on Thursday, and were leading after the first round of stroke play.
Christiana was 1-up after 18 holes at on the West Course at Westchester earlier in the day, but conceded the WGA’s Amateur crown to Jonathan Renza. He did not know the date of the Anderson when he signed up to play in that event.
The players take on the West Course on Friday, with the top 16 teams in the championship division moving on to match play.
Jeff Ingram and Michael Sullivan of Champions Golf Club in Texas and Robert Funk and David Bartman of Bear Creek Golf Club in California were a shot in back of Buckley and Christiana.
The host club has a pair of teams sitting inside the top 10 after one round – Hans Albertsson and Brian Williams and Jeff Holzschuh and Tim Connors – both at even par.
78th Anderson Memorial
At Winged Foot (East Course) Par 70
1. Max Buckley and Max Christiana (Westchester CC) 32-34-66
2. Jeff Ingram and Michael Sullivan (Champions GC) 35-32-67
2. Robert Funk and David Bartman (Bear Creek GC) 32-35-67
4. Matthew Meyer and Peter Meyer (Winged Foot GC) 36-33-69
4. Tom Strange and Wes Pierce (Eagle Point GC) 36-33-69
4. Dan O’Callaghan and Eoghan O’Connell (Silo Ridge Field Club) 39-30-69
4. Shane Heise and Scott Loving (Conroe CC) 35-34-69
4. John Kemp and Stephen Jensen (Woburn GC) 32-37-69
4. Roger Newsom and Adam Horton (Elizabeth Manor Golf and CC) 35-34-69
10. Kevin Marsh and Giles Kibbe (The Floridian) 32-38-70
10. Hans Albertsson and Brian Williams (Winged Foot GC) 37-33-70
10. Andy McCabe and Neal Barfield (Lakewood CC) 35-35-70
10. Trevor Hyde and Edward Sanchez (Comanche Trace) 34-36-70
10. Riley Pumphrey and Brian Woonan (Austin CC) 35-35-70
10. Jeff Holzschuh and Tim Connors (Winged Foot GC) 33-37-70
10. Luis Fernando Barco and Patricio Alzamora (Lima Golf Club) 34-36-70
1. Bob Howe and Mike Murr (Winged Foot GC) 31-35-66
2. James Reid and Ron Kise (Oklahoma City G&CC) 35-33-68
3. Bart Goodwin and Mike Peck (Old American GC) 35-34-69
4. Jimmy Burke and Bill Dodd (Lochinvar GC) 35-35-70
4. Joe Keller and John Shields (Hyannisport Club) 34-36-70