Boeing Classic: First-Round Notebook

August 24, 2007
By Dave Senko PGA TOUR Staff

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- Canadian Ray Stewart is the Boeing Classic's first-round leader after shooting a 6-under-par 66 on Friday. The Abbotsford, British Columbia, native open-qualified on Monday and had to earn a berth spot in this week's event in a 10-man playoff for six spots after all shot 70s.

Player Score
1. Ray Stewart 66 -6
T2. Kenny Knox 68 -4
T2. Jerry Pate 68 -4
T2. Gil Morgan 68 -4
T2. Don Pooley 68 -4
T2. Massy Kuramoto 68 -4
T7. Bruce Vaughan 69 -3
T7. Eduardo Romero 69 -3
T7. Denis Watson 69 -3
T7. Andy Bean 69 -3
T7. Dana Quigley 69 -3

• Stewart is just the second open qualifier to lead or share the lead after the first round in 2007. The other was another Canadian, Rod Spittle, who was tied with Craig Stadler and Scott Hoch after the first round at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in July.

• The last open qualifier to hold sole possession of the lead after the first round was Mitch Adcock, who held a one-stroke margin at the 2006 AT&T Classic in California. He eventually finished tied for 17th.

• The last player to open qualify and win a Champions Tour event was Pete Oakley at the 2004 Senior British Open. In all, 10 players have open qualified and won an event.

• This is Stewart's first start in a Champions Tour event in 2007 and his first since earning a berth in the 2006 Senior British Open. He made 202 starts on the PGA TOUR in his career, with runner-up finishes at the 1987 Bank of Boston Classic and the 1989 Chattanooga Classic.

• The last time Stewart led a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event was at the 1990 Greater Milwaukee Open, where he held a three-stroke lead after 54 holes. He eventually tied for fourth.

• Defending champion Tom Kite shot an even-par 72 on Friday and is tied for 30th.

• Friday's scoring average was 72.782, more than a stroke higher than last year's opening round average of 71.128. There were 11 rounds in the 60s this year compared to 24 last year and 29 rounds under par, 13 fewer than in 2006.

• The most difficult hole was No. 11 with an average of 4.436 (+.436), and only five players made birdies. Hole No. 1 was the easiest at 4.551 (-.449).

Ray Stewart, Massy Kuramoto and Kenny Knox had the day's fewest putts (23 each).

Tom McKnight hit all 14 fairways to lead in driving accuracy and Jerry Pate was the leader in Greens in Regulation at 88.9% (16 of 18).

Leonard Thompson withdrew prior to the start of Friday's round with a shoulder injury, He was replaced by Rick Karbowski.

Ray Stewart, Jerry Pate, Gil Morgan and D.A. Weibring all played bogey-free rounds on Friday. Weibring had 17 pars and one birdie.