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Pros go low in opening round

Thursday, July 13, 2006

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Rod Murray shot a 2-under-par 70.
SIKESTON -- Bob Ralston bolted out of the gate with a sizzling 9-under-par 63 to take the opening round lead of the Health Facilities Rehab Heartland Seniors Tournament on Wednesday.

The three-round event featuring professionals from the Heartland Players Senior Tour is being held at the Bootheel Golf Club in Sikeston.

Ralston may have set a course record, although not officially confirmed yet, as the round was contested with lift, clean and place rules in effect due to wet playing conditions.

The current course record is held by PGA Tour pro Michael Campbell with a 64 at the NGA/Hooters Tour Tournament in 1999.

Chuck Gardner and Dave Narveson each shot 66 to stay in strong contention, as are Frank Shikle and leading money winner Bruce Vaughan with 67s. Tim Mathews and Bill Anderson remain in the thick of things, carding 68s, while Steve Thomas and Lee Brun finished six shots back at 69.

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Lee Brun putts during the opening round.
Thirteen of the 25 entrants were under par on the 6,800 par-72 layout.

Former Chaffee native and present Jackson resident Troy Dooley, the Heartland Tour's eldest member at 69, narrowly missed shooting his age with a 2-under-par 70, which places him in a four-way tie for sixth.

Play resumes today through Friday with 8 a.m. start times both days.

Complete first-round results

1. Bob Ralston -- 63

2. (tie) Chuck Gardner -- 66

Dave Narveson -- 66

3. (tie) Frank Shikle -- 67

Bruce Vaughan -- 67

4. (tie) Tim Mathews -- 68

Bill Anderson -- 68

5. (tie) Steve Thomas -- 69

Lee Brun -- 69

6. (tie) Rod Murray -- 70

John Adams -- 70

Troy Dooley -- 70

Warren Smith -- 70

7. Robert Landers -- 71

8. Tony Peterson -- 72

9. (tie) Cliff Richey -- 73

Rick Uhlir -- 73

10. (tie) Jeff Ketterman -- 74

Dan Laster -- 74

11. (tie) Larry McKinney -- 79

Bob Grounds -- 79

12. Gary Curry -- 81

13. Frankie Rinehart -- 84

14. Jerry Mouche -- 86

15. Jack Holloway -- 94