Round 1 Notebook: Principal Charity Classic

June 01, 2012
Dave Senko, Champions Tour Staff

Weather: Partly sunny with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds were from the WNW at 5-15 mph.

• Mike Goodes matched his career-low round on the Champions Tour, a 7-under 64, and holds a two stroke advantage over five others after the first round of The Principal Charity Classic. Goodes' round included nine birdies. Four of those came on his first four holes and two others were on Nos. 17 and 18.


• Goodes also had a 64 (8-under) in the first round of the 2011 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn. This marks the first time in 111 starts on the Champions Tour that Mike Goodes has held sole possession of a lead in any round on the Champions Tour. He did share the first-round lead with Andy Bean at the 2008 Regions Charity Classic before eventually finishing fourth.

• Graham Marsh success on the par-3 holes at Glen Oaks Country Club continued on Friday. Marsh aced the second hole with a 5-iron from 180 yards. In Wednesday's pro-am, Marsh aced No. 5 with a 5-iron from 192 yards. It was Marsh's sixth career hole-in-one on the Champions Tour and the seventh ace in tournament history. Earlier in his career, Marsh made aces in the first and third rounds at the 2004 Senior British Open at Royal Portrush.

• Marsh's hole-in-one was the first in this event since 2006 when both Fuzzy Zoeller and John Harris accomplished the feat.

• Hall of Famer Larry Nelson flirted with matching his age for the first time before finishing with a 5-under 66. The 64-year-old Nelson was six-under par after 17 holes but bogeyed his final hole to miss the opportunity.

• Peter Senior continued his stellar play from his previous start at the Senior PGA Championship where he finished T4, including a final-round 63. Last Sunday, Senior fired a 7-under 28 on the back nine at Harbor Shores and started Friday's round with a 4-under 31 for a 59 on those combined nines. He finished with a 4-under 67 in his opening round here and is T7.

• Andrew Magee shot a 2-under 69 in just his second start since joining the Champions Tour last week at the Senior PGA Championship where he finished 60th at Harbor Shores. Magee was using a new set of Cleveland wedges this week and made two eagles on the front nine on Nos. 1 and 9.

• One of Friday's groupings included a pair of PGA TOUR caddies who are competing in the event. Damon Green, who was on Zach Johnson's bag when he won the recent Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial was joined by Lance Ten Broeck, who caddies for Jesper Parnevik. Green is playing on a sponsor exemption, while Ten Broeck open qualified on Tuesday. They were joined by Canadian Jim Rutledge. Ten Broeck shot a 1-under 70 and Green finished with a 2-over 73.

• Two-time winner Jay Haas (2007, '08) is off to a good start after firing a 5-under-par 66. Haas had 13 one-putts on Friday and is currently T2.

• Haas increased his streak of consecutive holes without a three putt to 156, the best current streak on the Champions Tour.

• Jim Gallagher, Jr., Jeff Freeman and Mark Calcavecchia all posted bogey-free rounds.

• Defending champion Bob Gilder opened with a 1-under 70 and is T35.

• Lonnie Nielsen, a native of Belle Plaine, Iowa, shot a 2-under 69 and hit all 18 greens in regulation.

• Fred Funk, who leads the Champions Tour in Driving Accuracy, was perfect today, hitting all 14 fairways. In addition to Funk, P.H. Horgan also hit all 14. Horgan came into the event ranked 58h in that category.

• The field averaged 70.494 for the day and 43 players finished below par with 34 of those rounds in the 60s. Last year the opening-round average was 72.100.

• The most difficult hole was No. 14 with an average score of 3.296 (+.296). The easiest was No. 9 with an average score of 4.481 (-.519).

• Vicente Fernandez, Bob Gilder, Gil Morgan, Graham Marsh and Tom Jenkins have played in all 12 Principal Charity Classics.