COSTA MESA – Jake Knapp said it had been five years since he and older brother Ryan played in the same group in an official tournament.
Boy did the hometown guys make Saturday count.
Ryan Knapp shot seven-under-par 63 while Jake shot 64 playing alongside on the Mesa Linda course at Costa Mesa Country Club in the first round of the 40th Will Jordan Classic (Costa Mesa City Championship).
Ryan, an incoming UC Irvine junior who graduated from Estancia High and played a year at Orange Coast College, is tied for the lead of the championship flight with Lyon Lazare while Jake Knapp, playing in his first Costa Mesa City Championship, is in third place heading into today's final round on the Los Lagos course.
"I played really smart golf today," said Ryan, who finished second in this tournament in 2009. "I really worked on my putting the last two weeks because I've been hitting good, just not making any putts."