Alexander, Long, Rende and Radford share clubhouse lead at Mount Vintage
North Augusta, SC March 14, 2013 – Tyson Alexander, Adam Long, Derek Rende and Zac Radford carded 2-under 70s in the first round of the NGA TOUR’s Kandy Waters Memorial Classic and were tied atop the leaderboard when play was suspended due to darkness Thursday evening.
After a two-hour frost delay, the play in the $200,000 event was nearly as chilly as the temperatures in the first round, with only eight players that completed the first round posting rounds under par at Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club.
After reaching 4-under par through 16 holes, Long, a former Duke Blue Devil from Lake St. Louis, Mo., looked to be en route to the clubhouse lead alone but a double bogey on the finishing hole dropped the 2012 Web.com Tour member into a tie for the lead.
Former NGA TOUR winner Alexander, a University of Florida alumnus from Gainesville, Fla., carded four birdies and two bogeys in the first round to join Long atop the leaderboard, while Rende (Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.) and Radford (Brentwood, Tenn.) did the same, posting four birdies and two bogeys on Thursday.
NGA TOUR rookie Trent Whitekiller of Sallisaw, Okla., continued his stellar play in the first round of the 14th annual event. The Oklahoma State alumnus opened with 1-under 71 to extend his par-or-better round streak to nine. Whitekiller finished the first round tied for fifth with Paul Apyan (Hixson, Tenn.), Brian Richey (Lakeland, Fla.) and Derek Bohlen (Fountain Hills, Ariz.).
Jack Newman, the 2008 U.S. Public Links champion from Des Moines, Iowa, carded an even-par 72 in the first round and finished the day tied for ninth with Shawn Jasper (Marthasville, Mo.), Erik Barnes (Cape Coral, Fla.), Lee Chaney (Morehead, Ky.), Scott Feaster (Columbia), Patrick Wilkes-Krier (Orlando, Fla.), Daniel Charen (Langhorne, Pa.), Brent Long (Carthage, Tenn.), Brandon Smith (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Garland Smith (Johnston) and 2013 NGA TOUR winner Clayton Rask (Otsego, Minn.).
The first round of the Kandy Waters Memorial Classic will resume at 8 a.m. and the second round will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday. As always, admission is free to the public.
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