Cluttered leaderboard in Honda Powersports Classic


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Florence, SC August 8, 2013 – With one of the deepest fields of the season, it made perfect sense that  there was a longjam atop the leaderboard of the Honda Powersports Classic at the Country Club of South Carolina following the first round on Thursday.

NGA Tour golf

Roberto Diaz

Roberto Diaz

Roberto Diaz, J.C. Horne, Joseph Kinney, Hunter Green, Danny Evelyn and Jon Curran all carded 7-under 65s on the 7,062-yard, par-72 layout in the opening round and hold a share of the lead in the $150,000 event.

 

Diaz and Curran were the only leaders to post bogey-free rounds. Diaz, a former USC-Aiken standout from Myrtle Beach, traversed the longtime Web.com Tour host site without a blemish and rolled in seven birdies, while Curran, a Vanderbilt alumnus from Tequesta, Fla., carded five birdies and one eagle in the first round.

 

Horne (Jacksonville, Fla.), Evelyn (Lakeland, Fla.) and Kinney (Antioch, Ill.) recorded eight birdies and a bogey during their first rounds, while Green (Evensville, Tenn.) notched six birdies, one eagle and one bogey in the opening round on Thursday.

 

Of the leaders, Curran is the only one that has a NGA TOUR Pro Series victory to his credit. The former Commodore has a pair of wins, three top-five finishes in his last four starts and sits second on the NGA TOUR money list this season.

 

Clayton Rask

Clayton Rask

Spence Fulford, who set the course record with a 63 in last year’s event, proved that his affinity for the Pee Dee-based course wasn’t passing fancy, shooting a 6-under 66 in the opening round. The Georgia Southern alumnus from Rocky Mounty, N.C., finished the first round tied for seventh with Patton Kizzire (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Ted Smith (Orlando, Fla.), Christopher Bray (Jacksonville, Fla.), Kevin Aylwin (New Smyrna, Fla.), Dominic Bozzelli (Pittsford, N.Y.), Christopher Ross (Ontario), Justin Hueber (Ft. Wayne, Ind.), Clayton Rask (Otsego, Minn.) and former Francis Marion standout Luke Hart (Blythewood).

 

Multi-time NGA TOUR winner Jeff Corr opened with a 5-under 67. The Longwood, Fla., golfer posted seven birdies and two bogeys to join Kent Bulle (Glasgow, Ky.), Grant Leaver (Spring Hill, Tenn.), Hudson Johnson (Longview, Texas), McCuen Elmore (Cheraw), Jason Millard (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Ben Silverman (Palm Beach, Fla.) and Wesley Bryan (Chapin) in a tie for 17th.

 

Defending champion Blayne Barber (Lake City, Fla.) posted a 3-under 69 in the first round and finished the day tied for 43rd.

 

The second round of the NGA TOUR’s Honda Powersports Classic at the Country Club of South Carolina will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Friday. As always, spectator admission is free.

 

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