Jaeckel takes two-stroke lead

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Barry Jaeckel was the only player to break par in the opening round of the Champions Tour Qualifying Tournament on Wednesday.

Jaeckel takes two-stroke lead

Beaumont: Barry Jaeckel was the only player to break par in the opening round of the Champions Tour Qualifying Tournament on Wednesday. He shot a 2-under 70 for a two-stroke lead at the PGA of Southern California Golf Club. Jaeckel, the winner of the 1978 Tallahassee Open and a veteran of more than 20 years on the PGA Tour, has made 22 Champions starts since turning 50 in 1999. He's competing in the qualifying tournament for the seventh time. Luis Carbonetti of Argentina, and Bill Longmuir and Nick Job, of England, shared second place after opening 72s. Tough scoring Winds of 25-30 kph, with gusts to 55 kph, made scoring difficult. The average score for the 92-player field was 76.923. "Very difficult conditions out there today," said Jaeckel. "The Santa Ana winds made the first couple of holes on the back nine and the last couple on the front nine difficult. "You better have taken advantage downwind and hope you didn't have a train wreck on the tough holes. I was able to get through that today, but that's not to say it won't happen any other time." James Mason had a hole-in-one at No. 17, hitting a wedge from 155 yards. The field for the 108-hole event will be cut after four rounds to the low 70 and ties, plus any other players within 10 shots of the 15th position. Seven players will receive full exemptions for 2006, while the second eight will earn conditional playing privileges. (AP)
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