Three-time men's city champion and defending champ Eric Burch carded a first-round 69 at Elliot Golf Course to share the lead with Robert Dofflemyer III after one round of the Greater Rockford Men's Golf Classic.
Burch and Dofflemyer each shot 3-under on the par-72 course. Three other players in the 102-player field broke par, including Aldeen Cup winner Patipan Pipatpinyoponig (70), John Canova (71) and Corey Konieczki (71).
Eleven players are within five strokes of the lead. Round two is Sunday at Sandy Hollow Golf Course. The Men's Classic is a four-round, 72-hole event, which conludes next weekend with rounds at Ingersoll Golf Course (Saturday) and Aldeen Golf Club (Sunday).
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