By DAVE MORRISON
WHEELING - The most frequently asked question by perusers of the leaderboard at the Kalkrueth Classic Saturday at Oglebay Park's Crispin Course was "Who is this guy?"
Chris Palmer eyes up his putt during action at the Kalkrueth Classic on Oglebay Park’s Crispin Course.
The guy in question is one Vinny Nadeau and the source of the question was the 63 he put up earlier in the day to take the lead in the annual tournament.
While not many in the field of 172 golfers knew exactly who Nadeau is, they were certainly impressed by his hot round, and even more so by the consistency with which he put it together.
Nadeau is actually a guest of a local family, visiting college friends from his native Virginia.
Nadeau had eight birdies and 10 pars in taking a two stroke lead over defending champion, and seven-time Ohio Valley golfer of the year - not to mention new dad - Bryan Myers, who had a 6-under 65 and was the early leader in the clubhouse before Nadeau finished.
Myers Thursday welcomed the birth of his first child, daughter Adyn.
Myers, who is a frequent visitor to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs for the West Virginia Amateur, decided to skip the tournament this year.
It was a smart move, as the Am concluded Friday and Adyn arrived Thursday.
"She was due on June 17, and I just decided that was too close to risk it," Myers said. "It's a four-and-a-half hour drive down there (to Greenbrier County)."
Her early arrival made dad's decision a smart one.
On Saturday, back on familiar territory at Crispin, where he has played for 29 years, the 41-year-old Myers was back in form.
Despite a somewhat up-and-down front nine - three birdies, three bogeys and an eagle, he managed to set himself up in nice position to defend his title.
"It was a back-and-forth day," Myers said. "I had some three putts, had trouble getting the speed down, and that comes from not playing," he said. "But I got it under control and I think, generally, that I played a pretty good round."
B.J. Tulodzieski, who is no stranger to the leaderboard at the Kalkrueth Classic, is one of two golfers tied for third at 66, along with Mark Cimarolli and Joe Doerr. Tom Facciani and Bob Potts were both 3-under and are five shots off the pace
Tulodzieski is just where he wants to be, he said.
And, he has been exactly where Nadeau sits right now, having shot an opening round 63 gave him the first-day lead in the 2010 Kalkrueth Classic.
"It's pressure," Tulodzieski said. "It's hard to sleep at night. You are playing so well, you want to get up and go play right now. Then, when you get to the first tee, the nerves set in. That 63 is an incredible score, though.
"It's hard to follow that up, though. I understand from the locals that after a low-round like that, nobody has been able to come back and break 70 the next day."
In fact, Tulodzieski said he followed up his 63 with a 70 in 2010.
The former West Liberty golfer said he knows there are scores to be made on the Crispin Course, which played well after Friday's large rainfall.
The 31-year-old hospital supervisor who hails from Wintersville, Ohio said he left a few on the course Saturday, when he bogeyed his first three holes.
"I've been playing for 16 years ," Tulodzieski said. "I knew there was a lot of golf left."
He got two back on the par-5 No. 4, when he landed an eagle and by the turn, he was back to even.
"On the backside, you can score, so I felt I was in pretty good shape after getting oft to a slow start," Tulodzieski said.
He certainly did that, blitzing the backside with a smooth 30 to get right back in contention.
"I feel confident where I am at," Tulodzieski said. "Obviously, you like to be up at the top, but I am right where I need to be."
The course, too, was where it needed to be, although officials took the precaution of playing lift, clean and place after Friday's heavy rainfall.
"The course played outstanding today for the amount of rain we had Friday," official Dan Tennant said. "We had a full tournament and everyone was happy about the way the course played,."
The Kalkrueth Classic will conclude today, with the lead groups teeing off after noon.