Rd 1 Notebook Principal Charity Classic 2009: 8226 Threetime

Rd 1 Notebook Principal Charity Classic

• Three-time PGA TOUR winner Olin Browne opened with a 4-under 67 in his Champions Tour debut today.
In addition to Browne, , the director of golf at Glen Oaks Country Club, carded a two-over 73 in his first Champions Tour event. Schall, a two-time Iowa Open champion and four-time Iowa PGA Section winner, played the PGA TOUR full-time in 1991. • This marks the second straight year that former Iowa Hawkeye star and Belle Plaine, Iowa native Lonnie Nielsen shares the first-round lead at The Principal Charity Classic. Last year, Nielsen opened with 5-under 66 and shared the first-round lead with R.W. Eaks. He went on to finish T22 in the event, his best performance in five appearances on the Champions Tour in his native state. • Bob Gilder made his 132nd consecutive appearance in events he’s been eligible for on the Champions Tour. Gilder shot 1-over 72. • Two-time defending champion Jay Haas got off to a slow start in his bid to become the first player since at the 2005 Turtle Bay Championship (five straight) to win the same event at least three consecutive years. Haas carded a 1-over 72 today, ending his streak of sub-par rounds at Glen Oaks Country Club at six straight. • , a runner-up last year at The Principal Charity Classic, carded a 3-under 68 today, extending his run of rounds in the 60s at Glen Oaks to six straight. Bean was the only player in last year’s field in Des Moines to post three straight rounds in the 60s. • The field averaged 71.329 for the opening round of this year’s event. Last year, with lift, clean, place rules in effect, the field averaged 71.231. Two years ago, the field averaged 72.200 at Glen Oaks Country Club. A total of 32 players had sub-par rounds today compared to 34 last year and 23 in 2007. • The hardest hole in Round 1 was the par-4 10th hole (4.318/+.318). The par-5 9th hole played as the easiest (4.418/-.582). made the only eagle of the day at No. 9 and the hole also gave up 47 birdies.
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