Blue Bell, PA – Veteran professional golfer Marcus Manley shot a bogeyless 65 round to take the first round lead at APGA Tour Valley Forge, the new professional golf tournament at Bluestone Country Club.
This is the first event of the APGA Tour Farmers Insurance Fall Series and the first visit to the northeast of the circuit which has become a driving force for greater diversity in the sport of golf. Players compete for $ 25,000, including a check for $ 7,500 to the winner. Another bonus of $ 15,000 will be awarded to the top point winners of the Fall Series, which continues in Atlanta next month before culminating in Los Angeles in November.
Manley recorded six birdies on Bluestone Country Club’s 6,455-yard par-71 course, never needing a putt over 10 feet in his six-under round. He birdied the first three holes, including a 22-foot chip-in on the second, and ended up with a four-stroke lead over Alec Martinez of Orland Park, Illinois. Martinez’s two-minus 69 was the only lap below par in acceptable conditions on the difficult track.
“I was in the right state of mind at the start. I decided not to force anything, ”said Manley, a Washington DC native now residing in Kissimmee, Florida. The longtime APGA Tour and minitour veteran, 37, has already captured victories on the APGA Tour in Tampa and Maryland as part of a career strewn with experience on the Latinoamerica Tour, d ‘a start of Korn Ferry (Nationwide) Tour and various qualifying school opportunities. He suffered a wrist injury along the way and has worked in teaching and operating roles in the golf industry, but is now back full time. “I love the game. The ultimate goal is still the PGA TOUR,” Manley continued. “I hope I can keep the same frame of mind tomorrow.”
Patrick Newcomb of Jacksonville, Fla. And Trey Valentine of Melbourne, Fla. Were at par 71 with four players in a one-over-par group including APGA Tour winner Rovonta Young of Huntsville, Ala. at the World Golf Village earlier this year.
Among the Philadelphia-area players at the top of the standings was Zach Juhasz of Bethlehem, who shot a double from 73. Louis Kelly, the assistant pro at the Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson Township, NJ, also shot a double. . 73.
The Farmers Insurance Fall Series continues October 17-19 with the APGA Farmers Insurance Atlanta Championship ($ 25,000 purse) at the White Oak Golf Club of the Peachtree City clubs near Atlanta, Georgia. The final event of the 2021 series and season is November 7-9, the APGA Tour Farmers Insurance Fall Series Finale ($ 30,000 scholarship), at the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles.
APGA Tour Valley Forge is hosted by the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, which promotes the more than 50 golf courses in the Montgomery County area as part of its Monto Golf initiative.
APGA Tour Valley Forge week kicked off Sunday with an Advocates Foundation Farmers Insurance Youth program event at Walnut Lane Golf Club in Philadelphia, where The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia brought more than 40 youth to interact with officials and players from the ‘APGA Tour. The one-day schedule included golf clinic activities, health and wellness talks, and raffle prizes for attendees.
Same day score details for APGA Tour Valley Forge at www.bluegolf.com.