“And it helps to play with the local guys because we see each other play well and we want to congratulate each other. Between Keegan and Tyler, and today adding Jake to our playgroup, they covered this course. It was a lot of fun. “

Hosking, who opened on Friday on a 66, said his irons and his success in putting made all the difference.

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“I got an incredible shot at 1 under a tree right at about 2 feet and another from the trees at 6 or 7 feet,” Hosking said. “Then I did a 10-foot (putt) on 3 and came back on 5 with a shot from about 150 (yards) to about 2 feet. It was one of the better iron-hit rounds I’ve had in my life, really . “

Hosking said the tournament was one of the few he played during a fairly non-competitive summer. He finished third at the WPGA’s Dairyland Open in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin last month.

“Being in the PGA teaching golf is a lot more work and less playing now, but that’s fine,” he said. “This summer is very different for me than previous summers and this is one of the few (tournaments) that I play this year. I only play maybe half a dozen so it’s really nice to be able to play well this weekend. “

FIRST FLIGHT: Jim Socha also retired from a tie first round to win a championship.