BANGOR, Maine — Ogdensburg, New York, is a town of 10,743 in upstate New York on the Canadian border.
Former University of Maine All-American and current Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is from Ogdensburg.
So is Andrew Duvall, who is trying to make a name for himself in the golf world.
Duvall shot a five-under-par 64 in the first round of the Greater Bangor Open on Thursday to leave himself within one shot of the lead shared by Cian Curley of Dublin, Ireland, C.J. Swift of New Canaan, Connecticut, and Easton Renwick of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
Tyler Sluman of Sarasota, Florida, is tied with Duvall at 64. Sluman is the nephew of former PGA Tour winner and current Championship Tour golfer Jeff Sluman.
Two shots back of the lead are John Elliott of Bristol, Connecticut, Steven Burak of North Easton Massachusetts., Tommy Stirling of Gorham and Dartmouth, Massachusetts, native Mark Purrington.
Duvall, who is 33 years old as is Howard, said he played a lot of hockey with Howard growing up and was actually on a team coached by Howard’s father.
“Jimmy has done very well for himself and for our area..or for any area. He was always tough to score on. I used to be able to score on him a little because we used to play street hockey together and I knew a few of his weaknesses,” grinned Duvall who played the GBO “eight or nine years ago but missed the cut by a shot or two.”
Duvall added that Howard was a good golfer.
“He could get around a golf course. We used to battle on the golf course, too. We battled everywhere,” said Duvall who hasn’t seen Howard in a long time but is hoping to run into him soon.
Duvall said he was “very happy” with his round which included six birdies and one bogey.
“I played well today. I made a couple of 10-footers for par on the back nine and I had a birdie on 17 and another one on 18 when I hit it to within a foot of the hole. I closed out the round well,” said Duvall, who now lives in Florida and is getting ready to attend the European Tour’s qualifying school in September.
Curley, who moved to Naples, Florida, from Ireland 10 months ago and has been a pro for six years, had seven birdies and one bogey en route to his 63 at his first GBO.
“I played pretty solid,” said Curley. “I didn’t make any mistakes. I gave myself some birdie opportunities and I made a few of them.”
He said he enjoyed the course.
“It’s in good shape,” he said.
Renwick, who played his college golf at Coastal Carolina and at West Virginia, and former Marquette University (Wisconsin) golfer Swift each collected six birdies and no bogeys.
Renwick, who won the Florida Azalea Amateur Golf Tournament in March, posted four of his birdies on the first five holes while Swift finished with two birdies on the last three holes.
Elliott figures he has played the GBO “28 or 30 times” but is still looking for his first win.
“It’s one of the only tournaments I haven’t won,” said Elliott. “I’ve won the Vermont Open, the Massachusetts Open, the Connecticut Open, the Connecticut Senior Open. I’m playing good enough to win. We’ll see what happens.”
He was satisfied with his round but said “I’ve been fighting my damned putter. I’ve got to putt a little better.”
The 24-year-old Stirling was pleased with his round.
“I hit it long, made some wedges and made some putts,” said Stirling, who shot a 29 on the back nine. “I’m finally getting some results after all the hard work.”
Stirling played his college golf at Southern Maine Community College, where he won the United States Collegiate Athletic Association individual championship, and Southwestern Oklahoma State University.