Kitt & Hill have work to do at Patriot All-America

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David Kitt and Allan Hill (Photo by Jan Kruger/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

The Maynooth University duo of David Kitt and Allan Hill have their work cut out after struggling out of the blocks on day one of the Patriot All-America being held on the Gold Course at the Wigwam Resort just outside Phoenix.

Athenry swinger Kitt, who was an individual winner at the R&A Student Series stop at Fairmont St. Andrews in September, outscored his collegiate teammate by a stroke with a three-over 73. Kitt traded two birdies with five bogeys to be sharing 62nd spot overnight, one ahead of fellow Athenry man Hill.

Hill carded three birdies but also two bogeys, a double and a triple in his four-over 74. He finds himself in a share of 70th in the 85-man field.

Chase Sienkiewicz, a junior at the University of Arizona, is the man to catch after racing out of the traps with a seven-under 63 to lead by one from a four-way tie for second that includes reigning US Amateur champion James Piot.

“Everything was going well – I really just hit driver really well today,” said Sienkiewicz. “If you make putts out here, then you can go low. And with my ability to hit long off the tee I had a lot of wedges in, and with those wedges I played really well with them and had a lot of opportunities.”

As for Piot, who began birdie-eagle-birdie, he’ll pose an obvious danger to a would-be winner over the next two days.

“To start off birdie-eagle-birdie is something special and having that momentum starter, I kept it going all day and held on,” said Piot, a fifth-year Michigan student. “It was just piecing it together with solid ball striking.”

32 players managed to break par on The Wigwam’s Gold Course.

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