Defending Champ takes lead at Tournament of Champions

 BOYNE FALLS – In a tournament that features the best of the best, defending champion Andrew Ruthkoski is proving that he has what it takes to be the champion of champions once again.

Ruthkoski has a 2-stroke at the Tournament of Champions after only one round of play.

The defending champ shot eight under par on the Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Monday.

“I think on this golf course, experience really pays,” Ruthkoski said.  “I lost in a playoff in 2011, and then last year I could draw back on the experiences of what happened in the playoff, or what caused me to get into the playoff rather than win the tournament.  So, having the experience out here definitely helps.”

Another former champion J.R. Roth is two strokes off the lead after going six-under par.