Kim Thompson may be 54 years old, but he's still beating the younger golfers, including many half his age.
Thompson, a teaching pro at Willow Creek CC and three-time winner of the tournament, fired a 6-under-par 66 at Bonneville Golf Course Saturday and shares the lead with Ross Wellington after the first round of the Burton Lumber Salt Lake City Open. The final round is today at Wingpointe CC.
Thompson birdied six of the first 11 holes on his way to his 66 that topped the 90 pros and more than 200 amateurs in the tournament. Dave DeSantis and Joseph Summerhays are tied for second at 68 with five players, Roy Christensen, Boyd Summerhays, Clay Ogden, Zach Johnson and Nick Becker tied at 69.
Wellington is a native of South Africa who played for North Carolina State from 2000 to 2002 and now competes on the Butch Harmon Tour in Las Vegas. He three-putted his first hole from three feet but after that, made eight birdies before making bogey on his second-to-last hole.
Play was delayed at Bonneville more than an hour in the morning because of strong winds out of the canyon that were blowing balls off the greens, and the last players finished just before 9 p.m. well after sunset.Dave Habets leads A Flight with a net 63 at Wingpointe, while Matt Dimick is the B Flight leader with a 64.