Former University of Oregon star and 2016 NCAA Champion Aaron Wise made eight birdies and an eagle en route to a 64 in Thursday’s opening round of the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.
Wise shot 34 on the front nine and 30 on the back nine including an improbable eagle on the par-4, 13th hole when he holed his approach shot from the fairway. With a large crowd cheering him on throughout the round, Wise birdied the par-5 18th hole to join a tie for second place, one shot behind the leader Conrad Shindler.
“There’s a lot of people out here supporting me. It’s a great event and to start off well puts me in a good spot for the rest of the week,” said Wise. “This is an event that’s been on my radar for a long time and one that I’d really like to win.”
After winning the Air Capital Classic earlier this season, Wise entered the WinCo Foods Portland Open, the final event of the regular season, ranked 18th on the money list. With his PGA TOUR card secured, he looks to jump up in the rankings before the start of the Web.com Tour Finals.
Round 2 of the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz continues Friday morning. Wise will tee off at 1:00PM on the 10th tee.
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