UNC’s Castiglia and Shehee tied in men’s tourney, while DU’s Weinstein, Jordaan share women’s lead at CGA Fall Amateur
By Gary Baines – 10/9/2020
Now that’s what you call teaming up at the top of the leaderboard.
Two University of Northern Colorado teammates — junior Jack Castiglia from Lakewood and sophomore TJ Shehee of Mead — matched 5-under-par 65s and share the men’s lead after Friday’s opening round of the CGA Fall Amateur Championship at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora.
Meanwhile, University of Denver teammates Mary Weinstein of Highlands Ranch and Caroline Jordaan of Denver are tied for the top spot in the women’s tournament, both having birdied the 18th hole for 1-under-par 71s.
In a field comprised largely of college golfers — many of whom aren’t competing intercollegiately this fall due to Covid-19 safety concerns — players from Colorado schools who grew up in the state dominate the top of the leaderboards after round 1.
Castiglia, the 2019 CGA Amateur runner-up, went bogey-free for his 65 on Friday, making five birdies.
Shehee, who recently won the Aurora Amateur, started off the day with a bogey on No. 10, but played his final 15 holes in 6 under par.
Three players share third place at 67 — 2018 CGA Player of the Year AJ Ott of Colorado State University, Cole Krantz of the University of Colorado and Esteban Missura of the University of Denver. Krantz made seven birdies on Friday, and Ott and Missura six each.
CGA Mid-Amateur champion Chris Thayer of Golden, the only non-college player in the top 10, shares sixth place at 68.
On the women’s side, Weinstein, a three-time CGA Women’s Player of the Year, carded three birdies and two bogeys in round 1.
Jordaan, winner of the Colorado Junior Match Play and the 3A girls state high school titles in 2019, posted five birdies and four bogeys.
Sitting a stroke out of the lead is Kelsey Webster of Boulder, a University of Colorado golfer who placed second on Sunday in the Colorado National Women’s Amateur. She recorded six birdies, six pars and six bogeys on Friday.
The 54-hole tournament will conclude on Sunday for both the men and women.