Day 1 leader Chris Harold holds on to his lead in the Level 4 golf competition at the Special Olympics USA Games, which are being held at Mercer Oaks Golf Club in West Windsor, N.J. Harold recorded a second round 50 to stay at the top of the leaderboard for the Red tees 9-Hole Individual Stroke Play Competition with a two-day total of 99. Geoffrey Klimek (SO Illinois) stands in second place with a total of 103 after the two days.
Team New Jersey competitor Tom Azilides climbs the leaderboard to second place in the White tees 9-Hole Individual Stoke Play Competition, as he finishes the round with a two-round total of 99. Azilides trails the leader, Johnny Vilardo of Ohio, by eight strokes.
Brad and Bob Hennefer, day 1 leaders of the Level 2 White tees 9-Hole Unified Sports Alternate Shot Team Play Golf Competition remain at the top of the leaderboard, with a two-round total of 90. Phil Saxon and Mary Moore (SO Delaware) finished the day with a total of 111 to move into second place.
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From left: PGA Professional Bob Hennefer, Jr. (Indian Springs GC); Level 2 leader Brad Hennefer; Level 4 leader Chris Harold; Level 4 White tees second place competitor Tom Azilides
6\17\14- 12 PM: Brothers Brad and Bob Hennefer (PGA professional, Indian Springs GC), of Team New Jersey, currently stand at the top of the leaderboard after the first round of the 9-Hole Unified Sports Alternate Shot Team Play Golf Competition, with a first round 44 at the end of day 1. The competition, Level 2 of the golf games, features teams made up of one athlete with an intellectual disability and one Unified partner without an intellectual disability. One ball is in play each hole, and partners take alternating shots. The golf competition for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games is taking place at Mercer Oaks Golf Course in West Windsor, N.J.
Jordan and Allan Brix of Illinois, who finished the round with a 46, stand close behind in second place. Paul Butera and George Deene, also of Team New Jersey, are tied for 5th place with Trampus Hoover and Brad Parker of South Carolina.
The first day of competition was marked by an air of camaraderie, where all players applauded peers’ achievements, and offered words of encouragement in the face of disappointment. It is this nature of play that brings the Games a feeling of a friendly Sunday round, as opposed to a national competition.
Team New Jersey Level 4 competitor Chris Harold currently stands in the lead of the Red tees 9-Hole Individual Stroke Play Competition, with a first round 49. Eugene Olive of South Carolina stands in second with a first round 52. The Level 4 competition features individual athletes who play a 9-hole round with the assistance of a caddie.
Tom Azilides, also of New Jersey, is currently part of a three-way tie for fourth place in the Level 4 White tee competition. Azilides, along with Stephen Kreiser (SO Ohio) and Daniel Dehaan (SO Tennessee) recorded a first round 54 to land them in the tie.
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