Cowell Ties Course Record To Grab Rosauers Lead - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

Cowell Ties Course Record To Grab Rosauers Lead

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Matt Cowell set a blistering pace on a hot day at Indian Canyon G.C., firing an opening-round 61 (10-under par) in Friday's first round of play at the Rosauers Open Invitational. The 61 was good enough to tie the course record and give Cowell a three-stroke lead at the end of the first day.

Defending champion David Phay, of Whidbey Golf & Country Club, had a 33 going through the first nine holes.  His play only improved on the back nine, closing with a 31 for an opening round 64.  He sits in a tie for second place with Meridian Valley's Brian Thornton (7-under par).

Corey Prugh, of Manito Golf & Country Club in Spokane, is attempting to become the second golfer in the 21-year history of the Rosauers Open Invitational to win a third championship. The 2011 & 2009 champion shot a 34 on the front nine and started the back nine with back-to-back pars on the par-4 10th and par-3 11th.  He finished the round at 4-under par 67, part of a 7-way tie for eighth place.

Proceeds of the Rosauers Open Invitational go to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Last year's event raised $135,000.

1 Cowell, Matt Lake Padden GC 61 -10 F
2 Phay, David Whidbey G&CC 64 -7 F
2 Thornton, Brian Meridian Valley CC 64 -7 F
4 Gibbons, Rob Arrowhead GC 65 -6 F
4 Fern, David Downriver GC 65 -6 F
4 Anderson, Kevin Apple Tree GC 65 -6 F
7 Malby, Ryan Iron Horse GC 66 -5 F
8 Sharp, Brady Walla Walla CC 67 -4 F
8 Crockett, Matt (a) Apple Tree Resort 67 -4 F
8 Stevens, Bryan Bear Creek CC 67 -4 F
8 Milne, Chuck Vanco Driving Range 67 -4 F
8 Immordino, Josh Riverbend GC 67 -4 F
8 Seibly, Rob (a) Manito G&CC 67 -4 F
8 Prugh, Corey Manito G&CC 67 -4 F

Play continues with tee times at 7:30 a.m. through 2:18 p.m. in Saturday's second round.  The competition wraps up with the final round on Sunday.  Tune in to SWX and KHQ for video highlights, and follow @SWXSamAdams, @SoDapperSWX, and @SWXRightNow on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.