POLK CITY — A strong opening day has Cedar Falls’ Ben Bermel in contention at the Iowa PGA Junior Tour’s Mid Summer Classic.
Bermel finished the opening round of the two-day tournament in third place after shooting a 72 Monday.
Bermel is three strokes off the pace set by Thomas Storbeck of Ventura, who shot two under-par at 69.
Nick Pittman of Urbandale is second with a 71, while three golfers are currently a stroke behind Bermel with scores of 73.
Cedar Falls added a second top-10 finisher in Joe Dean, who ended the day in a four-way tie for seventh place after shooting a 75.
The tournament will move to Ankeny for today’s final round, which will be held at Otter Creek Country Club.
Mid Summer Classic
TOP 10 SCORES MONDAY — 1. Thomas Storbeck (Ventura) 69, 2. Nick Pittman (Urbandale) 71, 3. Ben Bermel (Cedar Falls) 72, 4 (tie). Austin Reynolds (Newton), Austin Eckenrod (Mason City), Akansh Gupta (Grimes) 73, 7(tie). Jake Oetzmann (Urbandale), Griffin Parker (Urbandale), Joe Dean (Cedar Falls), Benjamin Krapfl (Indianaola) 75.