Former Edwardsburg golfer Pierce leads the first round of the South Bend Men’s Metro

SOUTH BEND – With the state line no longer an obstacle, the already rich Men’s Metro Golf Championship history could add some Michigan flavor to the winners’ roll of honor when the issue ends July 30.

Meet Satchel Piercea 20-year-old former Edwardsburg High and current junior on the Michigan State men’s golf team who hails from Union, Mich., which surrounds US 12 about a 25-mile-or-so jaunt from Elbel Park Golf Course, the tournament’s first round site. The talented 6-foot, 190-pound left-hander, who was previously barred from the event because of his residency, looked comfortable on the muni northwest of downtown, making seven birdies in a four-under-par 68.

Satchel Pierce

Start times:Tee times for the 99th Greater South Bend Men’s Metro Golf Championships

“The course is in really good shape,” Pierce said of the 6,890-yard Elbel Park, which played extremely long with its back tee markers and had some tricky pin placements on its huge greens. “They’ve got the greens rolling well and the fairways look nice. I played well, I played solid.”

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