The talk around the scoring tent at the Buffalo Run Casino Classic on Thursday was “someone is going to shoot a 63.”
That didn't come true, but four golfers - Brandon Aydlett, Andrew Tschudin, Jose Buezas and Clint Provost - had 8-under par 64s to share the first round lead.
“It's there for the taking and the course is holding up well,” said Provost, a former University of Alabama player who matched his personal best score.
Provost birdied 3 and 5 then eagled 8. He came back with birdies on 15 and 16 then parred 17 and 18 after having 4-foot putts lip out on each hole.
“I made my share of them today,” said Provost.
Aydlett had his 64 during the morning round while Tschudin, Buezas and Provost were in the afternoon group.
“I was surprised by my score because I didn't really warm up,” said Tschudin, an Australian who has played here all five years. His round consisted of eight birdies and no bogeys.
“I played very solid,” he said.
Aydlett, who played college golf at LSU, got off to a slow start.
“ I was 1-under through six, made a couple coming in on the back (he started on No. 10) then got hot on the front, closed it out with three in a row,” he said. “It was a good finish. I got into a nice rhythm. I started hitting them close and making some putts.”
Buezas, starting on No. 1, had only one birdie on his first nine holes, then got rolling.
“I had a clean round - didn't make any mistakes,” he said. “I got it going on the back side (getting seven birdies and two pars). I didn't have to make any long putts.”
There was another four-way tie for second, one stroke behind the leaders.
Broken Arrow's Brett Myers, Scott Jamieson of Glasgow, Scotland, Tim Ailes of Gahanna, Ohio, and Bronson La'Cassie of Queensland, Australia, all opened with 7-under par 65s on Thursday.
A group of five golfers are two strokes back at 6-under par 66.
Adam Babb (Arlington, Texas), Josh Teater (Lexington, Ky.), Ryan Mayberry (Germantown, Tenn.), Jon Mansfield (Clearwater, Fla.) and Justin Elliott (Hattiesburg, Miss) all had 6-under 66s.
Defending BRCC champ D.J. Fiese was at 1-under 71.
Chris James, the 2005 winner, opened with a 70. He set the Peoria Ridge course record of 61 in the third round of his winning effort in 2005.
Brad Risenhoover of Stigler finished Thursday's round with a 5-under par 67. His cousin is Miami High School head football coach Chris Risenhoover.
Cody Freeman (Afton) is four back of the leaders after a 68 Thursday.
Former MHS standouts Calvin Becker and Nolan Couch opened with 74 and 77, respectively.
The cut to the low 60 professionals and ties will be made following the completion of play tonight.