On a beautiful sunny day, the 87 contestants took the links in an attempt to jump out to a early lead. Fourteen players shot a round under par. Another 21 were at least within one stroke of par, including Druid Hills Golf Club members Edward Kropp, Sean Murphy and Michael Morrison.
Kropp shot a 71 in the first round, good for a tie for 11th and five strokes off the lead. Murphy and Morrison each shot a 73, which is one over par and eight strokes off the lead.
Other club members playing this week include John Davis, who shot a three-over par 75 and Philip Verlander, who shot a five-over par 77.
For more information on the tournament, come back to the DeKalb Neighbor tomorrow or check out www.thedogwood.com. We will have an update of how the tournament is progressing daily and a tournament wrap-up Monday. Check out the feature on the tournament in the paper July 4.