The competitive course record at Mayacama Golf Club is a 66 and that number may be broken this week at the Men's State Team Championship. Mike Ballo Jr. of Stamford, Conn., carded a 67 on Tuesday morning and two players are threatening that number in the afternoon wave. Robert Nelson of Mobile, Ala., is five under through nine holes and Heath Myers of Kingfisher, Okla., was four under through nine holes. Each has the more-difficult first nine at Mayacama to play.
All the golfers I have talked to feel the first nine is more challenging. We'll see if Nelson or Myers can put themselves in the record books.
The lowest 18-hole round in USGA Men's State Team history is a 64 posted by three players, including Jon Troutman of Kansas in last year's first round at the Country Club of St. Albans. Troutman is not in this year's field. But Ricky Jones of Maine, who is in the field, shot a 64 at Charles River C.C. in 2003.