From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — BOYNE FALLS — Finishing 10 shots behind the winner of the recent Waterloo Open in Iowa gave Drew Preston renewed focus for his return to Michigan and the Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort.
The result: The 22-year-old mini-tour professional from Grand Rapids fired a career-best 8-under-par 64 on the Alpine course Monday.
His round, which included six birdies and an eagle, set a torrid pace through the first round of the 22nd version of the tournament that brings together Michigan championship pedigree professionals, amateurs, seniors, juniors, men and women playing for the same title from different tees.
Defending champion JR Roth of New Mexico, recent Michigan Senior Open champion Ron Beurmann from the Country Club of Jackson, Muskegon touring pro Andrew Ruthkoski and 72-year-old Larry Clark of Traverse City made up the group at 4-under-par 68.