Jason Bohn knew in his heart he made the right choice. Yesterday, his golf game confirmed it.
Opting to defend his B.C. Open title instead of playing in the British Open, Bohn shot a 6-under-par 66 to tie Harrison Frazar for second, one shot behind 45-year-old Mark Brooks after the first round in Verona, N.Y.
"It shows that I totally made the right decision, makes me feel good. I played well; I'm in contention," said Bohn, who has made 12 straight cuts this year. "The British is my favorite major, too, but this is the last B.C. Open. They deserve to have the defending champion."
Gabriel Hjertstedt, the 1997 B.C. Open champion, was two strokes back at 67.
U.S. Junior Amateur -- Defending champion Kevin Tway, the son of PGA player Bob Tway, won two matches to advance to the quarterfinals in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
U.S. Girls' Junior -- Qualifying medalist Mina Harigae easily advanced to the quarterfinals in Charlotte, N.C., beating Sara Hurwitch, 5 and 4, in Charlotte, N.C.
MSGA Women's Amateur -- Stephanie Connelly, of Pasadena and Sparrows Point Country Club, broke away from Megan Leineweber, a Salisbury resident who plays for Green Hill Yacht and Country Club, with pars at the 16th and 17th holes to win, 2 and 1, at Hillendale CC. Leineweber, 17, who averages 250 yards off the tee, had the better driving game, but Connelly, the medalist who turns 19 tomorrow, kept the pressure on with a strong short game. Through 15 holes, no more than one stroke separated the two except when Connelly went 2 up at the eighth, but Leineweber came back to win the ninth. She got even at the 13th.